Slavery: 1777 Philadelphia. Autograph Letter Signed "Reynold Keen," one page, 8" x 13". Reading, October 31, 1777. Integral leaf addressed to "John Lukens Esq/Philadelphia." In part, "My old Negro woman in Sixth Street I hope will find a friend in you if she should stand in need. I have three Negro's hired with the Plantation in the Northern Liberties who will want warm stockings at this season and I suppose must be in want of Shirts (other cloaths they have); therefore request the favour of you to tell the tenant Rudolph Mower to furnish them with those articles and I will discompt it out of the Rent at a future day or if he is backward in doing it Mrs Keens aunt Mrs. Rohn will furnish them upon the Negroes applying there..." On verso, Keen has listed the "Houses in Philad belonging to the Est. of Mr. Joseph Stout Des." and the rent due. In the letter he mentions "the property of my niece Miss Stout." Reynold Keen was later elected an alderman of Philadelphia. He lived at 20 South Sixth Street, between Market and Chestnut, two blocks from Independence Hall. When Northern Liberties Township became part of Philadelphia in 1854, its population of 47,223 made Philadelphia America's second largest city, passing Baltimore. Partial separations at horizontal folds at edges. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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