DescriptionJohn Penn, John Morton, and Joseph Shippen Jr. Document Signed. Six pages, 14.75" x 18", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], March 18, 1775. John Penn signs in a large, bold hand in the left margin of page one as the final governor of colonial Pennsylvania. Governor Penn was a grandson of William Penn, the founder of the province by virtue of a 1681 land grant by King Charles II. One outcome of the American Revolution was the removal of the Penn family's proprietary government, despite the governor's attempt to strike a neutral posture.
John Morton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, boldly signs on the final page of this document as "Speaker" of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly. Morton's important vote in favor of independence from Britain on July 2 allowed Pennsylvania's delegation to favor the Declaration. He later chaired the committee that drafted the short-lived Articles of Confederation.
Joseph Shippen Jr. signs as "Secretary" below his endorsement (also on the final page), which reads, "Passed by the Governor the eighteenth Day of March in the fifteenth Year of His Majesty's Reign Annoque Domini 1775 / By his Honour's Command."
This Pennsylvania act authorized the trustees of the Low Dutch Reformed Congregation of Bucks County to sell a property known as the Messuage Plantation, along with a separate tract of land in Philadelphia County. The proceeds were to be used to purchase a parsonage convenient to their churches in Northampton and Southampton townships. Page four is docketed on the verso. Page one has some staining resulting from smoke damage, with a bit of paper loss in the upper left corner (no loss of text). Each toned sheet contains tape repairs on the verso. The final page contains the loss of some paper along the left and right margins, with a small loss of text.
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