Benjamin Franklin

Young Benjamin Franklin witnesses the signing of a receipt relating to the sale of land in his beloved Philadelphia

Manuscript Document Signed “B. Franklin” as a witness to the signing of a receipt, 1p, 7” x 7.5[Philadelphia, May 15, 1733.] On vellum. Portion of a document, but complete in itself. On verso is the upper right portion of the text of the Indenture mentioning the year (1733), the name of the seller (Mary Jackson), and the land (“in Blockley aforesaid and Tract of Marsh or Meadow”). Also witnessed by “Rebecca Edgell” and “C. Brockden.” Good contrast of signatures. Lightly toned. Fine condition.

Rebecca Edgell was the wife of Simon Edgell who, in 1728, rented a house (would now be 139 Market Street) to 22-year-old Franklin and 31-year-old Hugh Meredith. They had quit working for printer Samuel Keimer and formed a business partnership, establishing in the house a printing office of their own. Franklin remained there until 1738 when he rented a building at the present 131 Market Street. Charles Brockden was Master of the Rolls of the Province of Pennsylvania and Recorder of Deeds for Philadelphia City and County from 1715-1767.

In full, “Received the Day of the Date of the within written Indenture of the within named Alexander Wooddrop the Sum of Two Hundred & forty Pounds It being the Consideration Money within mentioned.” Signed “Mary Jackson.”


Item: 51380

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