Lot 190: Vellum manuscript DS, signed "B. Franklin," one page, 15.75 x 13.5, June 11, 1787. Land grant issued by the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in which Manuel Solliday receives "a Certain Tract of Land called 'Manuelston' Situate on the West bank of Brodheads Creek in Northampton County." Crisply signed on the left side by Franklin as president of the Supreme Executive Council, and countersigned at the conclusion by James Trimble. The white paper seal affixed to the upper left remains partly intact, with outward points torn and absent. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered light staining and soiling, and a small area of paper loss to lower edge. Franklin's large signature is a wonderful example that remains bright and bold.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. The Constitutional Convention was taking place in Philadelphia at the time Franklin signed this document, and he would soon be appointed to the 'Grand Committee' that was in charge of negotiating a consensus between the various factions of delegates. An excellent document from this momentous period of American history.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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