RARE PENNSYLVANIA LAND PURCHASE DOCUMENT BOLDLY SIGNED BY WILLIAM PENN, 1700
PENN, William. Document signed. No place, July 11, 1700. One leaf of vellum, measuring 13 by 20 inches, floated on silk and framed, entire piece measures 27 by 20 inches. $7500.
Pennsylvania land purchase document granting to John Kirton 500 acres in "… situated and being in the said Province of Pennsylvania … " in receipt of four pounds, boldly signed by Penn on the lower fold-up and bearing his armorial seal in red wax on the attached tab.
In 1681 the King granted to Penn, as payment for a debt owed to the latter's deceased father, a "great tract of land north of Maryland,'' which the king insisted be named Pennsylvania in honor of the elder Penn. It was not until 1682 that Penn first travelled to America. This document, executed in 1700, is for the purchase of five hundred acres of land in Pennsylvania from Penn by John Kirton of Kensington. Penn was in Pennsylvania from December 1699 until November 1701. With blue paper embossed seal and royal stamp in left margin.
A bit of soiling, a few old repairs, mostly to center seam, only minimally affecting a few words, evidence of mounting on verso. An attractive document, beautifully presented.