Lot 155: Partly-printed DS, signed "B. Franklin," one page, 15.25 x 11.75, January 29, 1787. Land grant reads, in part "That in consideration of the services rendered by John Galvan in the late army of the United States there is granted by the said commonwealth unto the said John Galvan a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the county of Westmoreland…containing two hundred acres." Signed in the left border by Franklin, as president of the Supreme Executive Council, with a 3.5 x 2.5 sketch of the parcel of land, with two posts at two corners and a black oak and wild cherry tree at the other corners. The large eight-point embossed paper seal is toned and folded. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, and scattered foxing and soiling. Franklin served as the sixth and longest-running president of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a position he held from October 18, 1875, to November 5, 1788. Franklin would join the Grand Committee of the Constitutional Convention less than four months after this land grant was signed. Enhanced by the uncommon presence of its plot sketch, this is an exceptional signed document from one of America's founding fathers.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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