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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Check for £750, Salary as President of Pennsylvania, 25 April 1788.

Auction:
2950B
Lot:
78
Sold for:
$1,722$1,400

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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 2950B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
October 30, 2016 11:00AM

Description:

Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Check for £750, Salary as President of Pennsylvania, 25 April 1788. Single leaf inscribed on both sides. The pay order issued in council for Franklin's salary ordering David Rittenhouse (1731-1796) to pay as Treasurer of the state, signed on recto by John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (1746-1807) as Vice-President of Pennsylvania, with notes on the verso dated 8 June 1790, after Franklin's death. The sheet chipped, canceled with cross-shaped perforations, fragmentary along the folds, in pieces, 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.
On 25 April 1788, the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania wrote three checks to Franklin for £750 each, being eighteen month's salary due to him as President of the State. It seems this particular check was not drawn upon until after Franklin's death, based on notations on the verso.
Estimate $1,500-2,000


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Keywords

John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, Franklin, Academia, Benjamin Franklin, David Rittenhouse, Fellows of the Royal Society, Muhlenberg family, Pennsylvania, Peter Muhlenberg, Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States

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