Richard Peters

An interesting Richard Peters' archive consisting of two mid-eighteenth century Peters' pieces, and one 1808 piece from his nephew, also named Richard Peters.

An interesting Richard Peters' archive consisting of two mid-eighteenth century Peters' pieces, and one 1808 piece from his nephew, also named Richard Peters. The first piece is an autograph letter dated March 3 1738 signed "Richd Peters" to Nicholas Scull: "By the inclosed [sic] youl [sic] see the nature of the application Elizabeth Archibald has made to the Proprietor, who is pleased to order that you report to him by Letter (immediately if you can) the value of the Land, and return it if it is more valuable than common land as you have done other Tracts for the use of the Proprietaries The Wido' wants 300 a's - pray let me know whether she may have so much without injuring the remainder. The land is vacant & tho circumscribed by other Tracts has never been surveyed... Richd Peters". In 1737, Peters accepted an appointment as Secretary of the provincial land office; he held this position until 1760. Nicholas Scull was a well-known surveyor and map maker. This letter is tipped to a larger sheet of paper and is in fair condition; the ink is still quite dark and the signature is very clear. Letter folds, browning, and minor restoration do not affect the signature.

The second item is a warrant to survey land, dated 13 April 1745 and signed "Richard Peters" in a bold hand: "John Ross of Philadelphia a Warrant to Survey one hundred acres in part of 309 a's, a Deficiency found on a Resurvey to be due to John Page to compleat [sic] his Quantity of 10,000 a's in any part of the Province unappropriated. Richard Peters". On February 14, 1742/43, Richards was appointed provincial secretary and private secretary for the proprietaries, and clerk of the council, duties he undertook in addition to his job as the secretary of the provincial land office. This document is in fair condition, with slight staining and browning. However, the ink is still dark and Richards' signature is prominent.

The final piece in the archive is an 1808 autograph letter signed "R Peters" by Richard Peters' nephew, also named Richard Peters. This letter to W. Rawle Esquire begins: "I shall be in Town on Monday... I have by Post received Offers for Sales the Embargo notwithstanding. I believe Mr. Bonds Malignity has damned any Prospect of Sales of City Lots. He has (as I hear) been round among the Purchasers at the late Sales to make Enquiries [sic], & this has spread Doubts & Difficulties. To what farther Insult am I deemed to Submit?... I will not transact Business with Bond. But his Mind is no Doubt poisoned & I see not that any Good will come out of it... R Peters". In June 1776, Peters was elected as secretary of the Board of War; he became a full member in 1777. After the summer of 1780, he seems to have managed the war office on his own. In 1792, he was elected a judge in the United States District Court of Pennsylvania; he held this position for the remainder of his life. This letter is in good condition, with dark ink and a fine signature. Letter folds, slight staining along those folds, and a small tear do not affect the content.

Item: 20543

Price: $2,500.00
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