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Lot 31: 1787 Boldly Signed BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Pennsylvania Land Grant in Choice Quality
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
1787 Benjamin Franklin Signed Pennsylvania Land Grant to Jacob Utt for "a certain Tract of Land called Uttsburg..."!
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790). One of the Founding Fathers, a Leading Author, Printer, Political Theorist, Politician, Freemason, Postmaster, Scientist, Inventor, Civic Activist, Statesman, Diplomat and Governor of Pennsylvania.
October 27, 1787-Dated, Manuscript Document Signed, "B. Franklin," as President of Pennsylvania, 1 page, measuring 15.75" x 13.25" on Vellum Parchment, Choice Very Fine. An attractive original Land Grant issued to Jacob Utt, for "a certain Tract of Land called Uttsburg in Northampton County, Situate on the South Branch of Big Pond Brook about one Mile from Delaware River and about two Miles South of Scholy in Northampton County..." Signed in Philadelphia, Countersigned by Secretary Charles Biddle.
Lightly toned at margins and along expected folds, a few trivial holes at folds, one of which is just below Franklin's bold, dark signature and a conserved small repair from Biddle's name to the bottom edge at lower left. Overall this Document is in very nice superior condition, with its fully intact Embossed Paper and Wax Seal of the State of Pennsylvania at upper left. The signature "B. Franklin" is remarkably deep rich brown having choice eye appeal measuring a large 2.5" long. Excellent for display.