Superb manuscript document with an autograph endorsement, signed “B. Franklin Presd't,” one page, 8 x 12.5, August 5, 1788. As president of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin endorses the petition of James A. Lockwood & Company concerning the bankruptcy of a Philadelphia merchant, in full: "Let a Commission issue, as above prayed, directed to Matthew Clarkson, George Hughes, Peter Baynton, Richard Bache, and David Lenox, Esquires, or any Four or Three of them." Attractively mounted, matted, and framed with glass on both sides to an overall size of 13.75 x 18.5. In fine condition. Boasting more than 25 words in Franklin's hand—in addition to his crisp, clean signature as president of Pennsylvania's Supreme Executive Council—this attractively displayed document is a remarkable piece of American history, dating to just one year after Franklin signed the Constitution.
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