Partly-printed DS, signed “B. Franklin,” one page, 15.25 x 11.75, January 29, 1787. Land grant reads, in part “That in consideration of the services rendered by John Galvan in the late army of the United States there is granted by the said commonwealth unto the said John Galvan a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the county of Westmoreland…containing two hundred acres.” Signed in the left border by Franklin, as president of the Supreme Executive Council, with a 3.5 x 2.5 sketch of the parcel of land, with two posts at two corners and a black oak and wild cherry tree at the other corners. Framed so both sides may be viewed to an overall size of 17 x 13.25. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, and scattered toning, creasing, and wrinkling. The large eight-point embossed paper seal is toned and folded. Franklin served as council president until taking a seat at the Constitutional Convention in May of 1787. Land grants with the sketches are seldom seen. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
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Manuscript vellum DS, signed “B. Franklin,” one page, 15.5 x 13.25, May 30, 1787. Franklin, as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania grants Peter Millhouse “A Certain Tract of Land called ‘Milltown’ Situate on the Waters of Elk Lick Creek in Brothers Valley Township Bedford County.” Signed in the left border by Franklin under the large embossed eight-point seal and countersigned by James Trimble. Moderate intersecting folds, scattered toning and wrinkling, and first initial of signature a bit light, and a few minor spots, otherwise very good condition. On May 30, 1787, the day Benjamin Franklin signed this document, it was proposed at the fourth day of the Constitutional Convention, meeting in another part of the building, ‘That a national Government ought to be established consisting of a supreme Legislative, Executive & Judiciary.’ Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Partly-printed vellum DS, signed “B. Franklin,” one page, 15.5 x 12.5, February 6, 1787. Document signed as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. Land grant issued to “John Keaton private in the late army of the United States” who “is granted by the said commonwealth…a certain tract or parcel of land lying in the county of Westmoreland…containing two hundred acres.” Beautifully signed on the left side, “B. Franklin,” complete with his hallmark flourish and paraph. The document ends, “In witness whereof His Excellency Benjamin Franklin Esquire—President of the Supreme Executive Council, hath hereunto set his hand, and caused the state seal to be affixed,” and is signed by James Trimble as a witness. The large eight point seal above Franklin’s signature is fully intact, as is the seal on the reverse. In fine condition, with expected folds, some wrinkles, and light scattered soiling.
One of the most strategic and beneficial decisions made by the government during the Revolutionary War was to offer land bounties as a reward for military service. Not only did this encourage enlistment, but it also paved the way for westward expansion. By populating the frontier with military veterans able to defend against Indian incursions, they enticed new settlers to follow and buy land, helping to reduce Revolutionary War debts. Serving as President of Pennsylvania in 1787, Franklin issued this War Bounty Land Grant for a large plot in Western Pennsylvania to John Keaton, a private in the state’s Army. An important piece of early American history, this incredibly rare grant holds a beautiful example of the Founding Father’s sought after autograph and a stunning intact large seal.