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Item 142 - Benjamin Franklin Catalog 495 (Mar 2017)

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Choice partly-printed DS, signed “B. Franklin, Presid't,” one page, 7.5 x 6.25, November 5, 1785. Pay order issued to Treasurer David Rittenhouse, in part: "Pay to James Allen private of 11th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line, or his order, the sum of two pounds eleven shillings and nine pence being one year's interest on his depreciation certificate." Beautifully signed at the conclusion by Franklin as president of the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Countersigned in the left margin by Comptroller General John Nicholson. Removably encapsulated in a mylar sleeve. In fine condition, with two small old mounting remnants on the reverse of the left edge. The Pennsylvania militia had been asked to accept deferred pay for their service during the American Revolution, and reimbursements were later made using this type of document. An absolutely spectacular example boasting a large, bold signature of America's most versatile founder. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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