Description[Thomas Penn]. Group of Four Thomas Penn Signed Items including two autograph letters, one document, and one clipped signature. The first letter, two pages with integral address leaf, 7.5" x 8.75", London, October 9, 1762, to Edward Penington, surveyor general of Pennsylvania, concerns the disposal of lands owned by his nephew and other "descendants of my eldest Brother Wm. Penn [Jr.]," including Pennsbury Manor, the home of Pennsylvania founder and Thomas Penn's father, William Penn, in part as written: "My nephew has told me he has sent you a power to sell pensbury, I have desired I may have the house and a piece of Land of three quarters of a Mile on the River with the house in the middle to run a mile back, to which he has consented."
The second letter, one page, 7" x 8.75", London, August 10, 1763, to Joseph Shippen, secretary of the Province of Pennsylvania, regarding the resignation of Richard Peters, who has recently "resigned the offices he held under us, in order to apply his time principally to the dutys [sic] of his function, as a Minister." Because of said resignation, Penn writes that "we cannot any longer desire him to receive and disburse the money necessary for the Service of the Commissioners, and Surveyors, appointed for running the Lines between Maryland and Pensilvania [sic], and we desire in his stead, that you will undertake this Service." The line in question is the now famous Mason-Dixon Line, which resolved a border dispute between the colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania.
With a 3.75" x 2.75" signed document, dated March 18, 1735, acknowledging receipt "of James Stech fourty two pounds ten shillings" and a 3.25" x 1.75" clipped signature.
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