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    An Early 1768 "License to Trade with the Nations or Tribes of Indians, with Whom His Majesty is Connected," Signed by John Penn, Descendant of William Penn, as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. The one-year license was granted to one Alexander Blaine of Carlisle. It was quite restrictive, stipulating that Blaine was "not to trade or traffick with; or vend, sell, or dispose of any Goods or Merchandises of any kind whatever, to any Indian or Indians within the Country of any of the Indian Nations aforesaid, beyond the Settlements of the Inhabitants, except at Fort Pitt... or Posts... garrisoned by (his Majesty's) Troops." Effectively, this barred Blaine from the whole Appalachian West. Perhaps for this reason Blaine did not renew the license with its limitations, and he was subsequently observed operating with a partner in the Ohio Valley according to a deposition published in the appendix to Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia.

    This document measures 12" x 8" and has great display presence. Minor chipping at the top and a partial fold separation at the bottom of original vertical crease detract minimally.

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