Lot 236: Partly-printed vellum DS, signed "B. Franklin," one page, 15.5 x 12, April 12, 1787. As president of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Franklin issues a land grant. In part: "In consideration of the services rendered by John Verner in the late army of the United States there is granted…a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the county of Westmoreland." Crisply signed on the left side by Franklin below the affixed seal, and countersigned at the conclusion by James Trimble as a secretary. The white paper seal affixed to the upper left remains partially intact, with missing points along the edges; an additional seal removed from the reverse is affixed below. Document affixed long ago to a same-size mount. In very good condition. One of the most strategic and beneficial decisions made by the government during the Revolutionary War was to offer land bounties as a reward for military service. This not only encouraged enlistment but also paved the way for westward expansion by populating the frontier with military veterans able to defend against Indian incursions. With its direct relation to the patriotic cause, this is a sought-after document highlighted by Franklin's large, dark signature.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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