RARE, EXTRAORDINARY DOCUMENT SIGNED BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Manuscript document signed. Philadelphia, October 13, 1787.
Exceptional original manuscript document in a secretarial hand, a deed conveying a "Tract of Land called 'Tinsley's Fortune'" to William Tinsley, boldly signed by Benjamin Franklin as President of Pennsylvania, and with the fragile paper seals of Pennsylvania present and intact. This rare official document is dated less than a month after the Constitutional Convention, at which Franklin played a key role: "His closing speech supporting the Constitution was the most effective propaganda for its ratification. Franklin's presence and argument contributed more than any other element to harmonize the delegates and to persuade 39 of the 42 members present to sign the formal document" (ANB). $22,000.