Description[Colonial America]. William Franklin: Group of Three Colonial Acts Signed "Wm: Franklin" as governor of New Jersey. The first, one page, 12.5" x 16", [Burlington], June 28, 1766, titled "An Act to Impower the Justices and Freeholders of the Countys of Essex and Bergen, to Build a Bridge Over Pasaich River." Detached along all three folds with some loss of paper. Docketed on the verso. The second, two pages, 12" x 14.75, Burlington, June 24, 1767, titled "An Act for Investing a Fee in the Toll Bridge lately Erected over Newton Creek." Folds are either detached or separating. Docketed on the verso. The third, three pages, 12.75" x 15.25", [Burlington], June 28, 1766, titled "A Supplementary Act, to an Act Entitled 'An Act for Laying out a Road . . . and for the Erecting and Establishing Ferries across the Pasaich River and Hackinsack.'" Bound at the upper edge with ribbon. Detachment or separation along all of the folds. Docketed on the verso. Scattered spots of foxing.
All three acts are countersigned by Cortlandt Skinner (1727-1799), speaker of the General Assembly and a loyalist general during the Revolutionary War, and Peter Kemble (1704-1789), speaker of Governor Franklin's council. William Franklin (1730-1814) was the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin and the last colonial governor of New Jersey. The younger Franklin did not share his father's patriotic political views and remained staunchly loyal to the English crown. He left for England in 1782 and never returned to America.
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