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    Benjamin Franklin Autograph Document Signed Three Times "B Franklin". One page, 7.75" x 6.25", attractively framed to an overall size of 15" x 17.75", 1744, [Philadelphia], to The Reverend M. Clapp, ink. The document reads, in full: "To Rev M Clapp to B Franklin / For Printing and Binding 500 of Dr Mathers' Soul-saving Gospel Truths ([per] Agreemt) £100..0..0 Rhode Island Money ________________ / B Franklin / Sir / Please to pay the above to my Brother Peter / Franklin, and his Receipt shall discharge you from / Your obliged hum Sev / B Franklin". At the bottom of the document, there is additional handwriting, presumably in Rev. Clapp's hand or one of his associates. The handwriting appears to be a form of shorthand that begins "Rd [Received] 10.3.1744" and continues in an unidentified script. The document is in near fine condition, with one vertical fold down the middle, which also shows minor creasing, and one horizontal fold. The edges display minor wear, and mild toning. The handwriting at the bottom of the document overlaps a minimal part of Franklin's script, at the bottom of the "Y" in "Your obliged hum Sev" and the paraph under the third Franklin signature. The document presented here is a unique American historical artifact considering its content. Three Franklin signatures from his days as a printer in Philadelphia in a document where he mentions Increase Mathers, and Mathers' Soul-saving Gospel Truths, originally published in 1703. A wonderful document, and a great display piece.

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