Benjamin Franklin Boldly Signed DS as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Partially Printed Document Signed, "B. Franklin", at left margin, with flourish, 1p, on vellum measuring 11.75" x 14.5", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 29, 1787. Countersigned at bottom by James Trimble for junior secretary John Armstrong. Large paper seal affixed at top left. Docketed at verso. Usual folds and creases, with insignificant loss. Toning and scattered foxing. Accompanied by a JSA Letter of Authenticity.
Franklin prominently signs in quill pen, granting George Tudor "Administrator of the Goods and Chattels Rights and Credits" of the late Captain James Wilson Esquire, five hundred acres of land in Westmoreland County.
A handsome land grant signed by Benjamin Franklin while President of Pennsylvania's Supreme Executive Council, a position analogous with today's office of Governor. During this time, Franklin was also serving as a Pennsylvania delegate to the Constitutional Convention, then being held in another room at the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall). Franklin would go on to sign the new Federal Constitution only three weeks following this document, on September 17, 1787.
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