DescriptionThomas Penn Signature Collection. This lot features four items signed by Thomas Penn, the two letters in this lot discuss some of his holdings in the state of Pennsylvania. The first item is a Thomas Penn signature on a 3.25" x 1.6" clipping of parchment paper that has been mounted onto rag paper of sturdy stock. He signs himself, "Tho Penn."
The second item is an autograph note signed, "Tho Penn." It is a small clipping of handmade paper that measures 3.75" x 2.75" and reads, "Reced. 18th of March 1735-6 of James Stech fourty two pounds ten shillings on the Accompt of my Brother John Penn…."
The third item is a handsome autograph letter signed, "Tho Penn." Two pages with integral address leaf, 7.5" x 8.75", London, October 9th, 1762. Written to Edward Penington, Surveyor of Pennsylvania about the disposing of certain lands owned by his nephew Springet Penn and others, all descendants of his eldest brother William. It reads in part, "…My nephew has told me he has sent you a power to sell pensbury. I have desired I may have the house and a piece of land of three quarters of a Mile on the River with the house in the middle to run a mile back, to which he has consented and I desire when you lay out four thousand acres, which he is to have, in farms, that you will lay out this as I have directed for which I shal [sic] pay in the manner any other persons do…" Pennsbury was the famous estate built by William Penn himself some miles up the Delaware River from Philadelphia.
The fourth and final item is an autograph letter signed, "Tho Penn." One page, 7" x 8.75", London, August 10, 1763. Written to Joseph Shippen, Secretary of Pennsylvania. This letter discusses the running of the Mason-Dixon Line. It reads in part, "…As Mr. Richard Peters has resigned the offices he held under us, in order to apply his time principally to the duties of his function as a Minister, we cannot any longer desire him to receive and disburse the money necessary for the Service of the Commissioners and Surveyors, appointed for running the Lines between Maryland and Pennsylvania…" The Mason-Dixon line was originally a boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, and it was surveyed between 1763 and 1767.
The items in this lot are in fine condition on average; the letters have the usual folds present; slight soiling present along the fold lines on both letters; the signature and note are both clipped. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.
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