Lot 268: Rare ALS signed "Wm Penn," one page, 6 x 7.75, no date but circa 1708–1710. Letter to Henry Boyle, principal secretary of state at Windsor, in part (grammar and spelling retained): "The enclosed is an honorble request of a long dependant upon the Court, for leave & ability to serve it. He has travild through all of ye Branche's & offices of ye Govermte that could have any relation to the affaire, & seems only to want being Layd before the Queen for her fiat. I do with all respect beseech the favour of Laying it before her." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Penn's hand. In fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned engraving of Penn. Henry Boyle served as principal secretary of state for the Northern Department from 1708 to 1710, dating the letter to this period, during which Penn was living in England and suffering from legal and financial troubles—he was placed in debtors' prison for most of 1708 and his former business partner attempted to foreclose on a loan to him and claim Pennsylvania. Only a handful of Penn ALSs have appeared on the market in the past two decades.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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