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    Benjamin Franklin Document Docketed and Signed as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. After spending nine extremely successful years in France as commissioner for the United States, Ben Franklin returned to America in 1785 and was revered second only to George Washington as a great champion of American independence. For the next three years, Franklin served as the president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, at which time he presided over the bankruptcy case of one John M. Taylor, merchant. Offered here is one item concerning that case. It reads, in full: "William Kellock being duly sworn, deponeth and saith that John M. Taylor, now or late of the City of Philadelphia, Merchant, is indebted to this deponent in the sum of Two Hundred Pounds & upwards, arising from a transaction subsequent to the sixteenth day of September, One Thousand Seven Hundred & eighty five, & that the said John M. Taylor is become Bankrupt within the meaning of the Act of Assembly pass'd on the said Sixteenth day of September, entitled 'An Act for the regulation of Bankruptcy' as this deponent informed and truly believes - and further saith, Wm. Kellock." The document bears Franklin's personal docket, which reads in full: "Sworn 4th November, 1786, before me, B. Franklin" with Franklin's decorative rubric below.

    Six months after signing this document, Franklin became a delegate to the Philadelphia Convention, where he held an honorific position and seldom engaged in debate. However, when delegates became heated over the issue of proportional representation, Benjamin Franklin urged "great coolness and temper," telling the delegates, "We are sent here to consult, not to contend, with each other." As the eldest delegate at the Convention, Franklin acted on several occasions to restore harmony between delegates, with the ultimate result being the creation of the Constitution of the United States. The Convention was one of the key events in the history of the United States and Franklin remains the only man to become a signatory on all four of the major documents concerning the founding of the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, the Treaty of Alliance with France, and the United States Constitution.

    This moderately age toned document is in fine condition, with a light vertical crease bearing tiny areas of separation at the upper and lower edge. Professionally affixed to a backing sheet, and bearing Franklin's bold and attractive signature. Franklin signed items are greatly treasured by collectors and this is a particularly attractive document which will surely garner great interest. Perfect for framing and prominent display!

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