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Lot 68: THOMAS McKEAN & TIMOTHY MATLACK Document Signed
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Gorgeous 1806 Land Grant Thomas McKean & Timothy Matlack
THOMAS McKEAN, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, and TIMOTHY MATLACK, Continental Congressman, Engrosser of the Declaration of Independence.
May 30, 1806-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "Tho. M:Kean" as Governor of Pennsylvania, 1 page, on Vellum, 20.5" x 11.75", Choice Extremely Fine. Also signed on the reverse by Timothy Matlack, engrosser of the Declaration of Independence. This is a Land Grant to Thomas M. Willing for "a certain tract of land, called 'Saragota' situate in ... Tioga County ... containting one thousand and ninety nine acres." Boldy signed in the upper left corner by Governor McKean. The crisp white paper seal affixed to upper left remains fully intact. This is an exceptionally well-preserved example of these early American Land Deeds.
Thomas McKean (1734-1817) was a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress in 1765 and a member of the Continental Congress (1774-1776 and 1778-1783). He was absent when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and affixed his signature later. McKean helped to frame the Delaware constitution, was president (governor) of Delaware in 1777, and then was Chief Justice of Pennsylvania (1777-1799). In 1781) he was briefly President of the Continental Congress and was a supporter of the Articles of Confederation, which he signed. He worked to obtain the ratification of the Constitution by Pennsylvania and was a member of Pennsylvania's state constitutional convention. McKean was also Governor of Pennsylvania during 1799-1808.
Timothy Matlack (1736-1829), was a brewer and beer bottler who emerged as a popular Revolutionary leader. He served as Secretary of Pennsylvania during the war, and was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in 1780. Matlack was also an accomplished calligrapher and engrossed the Declaration of Independence on parchment.