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    Colonial America: 1762 Naturalization Certificate Signed by Edward Shippen IV ("Junr."). One partly-printed page, 7.25" x 10", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 24, 1761. This certificate reads in part:

    "I Edwd. Shippen Junr. Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of the Province of Pennsylvania DO hereby certify, That at a Supream [sic] Court held at Philadelphia . . . Before William Allen & William Coleman Esquires, Judges of the said Court . . . William Graffe of Reading in the County of Berks being a Foreigner, and having inhabited and resided for the Space of Seven Years in His Majesty's Colonies in America, and not having been absent out of some of the said Colonies for a longer Time than Two Months at any one Time . . . having produced to the said Court, a Certificate, of his having taken the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper within Three Months before the said Court . . . did make and repeat the Declaration (appointed by an Act, made in the First Year of the Reign of King GEORGE the First) . . . and thereupon was admitted to be His Majesty's natural born Subject of the Kingdom of Great-Britain."

    Edward Shippen Jr. (1729-1806) was part of the powerful Pennsylvania Shippen family. In the early 1760s, Shippen was appointed prothonotary of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a post he held until the colony declared its independence in 1776. This document is darkly-toned with a large paper seal in the top left corner. Chipping exists along some edges; separation along some folds.

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