[JOHN PENN] Petition of "The humble Address of Sundry Germans Freeholders and Inhabitants of the City of Philadelphia," addressed to John Penn as Lt. Governor. Two pages, 8" x 12.5", front and verso, c.1763, in the hand of Lewis Weiss who has signed the petition along with 40 other prominent German-Americans. In part, "We humbly beg leave to present to Your Honor an English translation of some Rules or Articles into which we have lately entered for establishing a Contributionship or Society for the relief of such poor distressed and Sick Germans as have arrived some Months Since or hereafter shall arrive from Europe into the port of Philadelphia...we think it would be ["mean" crossed out] beneath us and unreasonable in us to expect that the Natives of Great Britain here should first exert their Spirit of Compassion and Generosity towards our poor and distressed Countrymen strangers while the German Inhabitants of this Province would remain inactive tho' they are numerous enough and of sufficient Estates to procure for these Strangers all the Charity and Benefactions they possibly may stand in need of..." Folds. Damp stains do not affect legibility. In 1763, John Penn became Lieutenant Governor of the colony of Pennsylvania. Lewis Weiss (1717-1796), born in Berlin, came to Pennsylvania in 1755. Settling in Philadelphia, he was one of the founders of the German Society. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 237

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 June 10 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,735,414