PENN, WILLIAM. 1644-1718.
Manuscript Document Signed ("Wm Penn"), 1 p, oblong folio, [London], April 24, 1682, red wax signet seal attached to a vellum tab at bottom of document, signed by three witnesses on verso, being the indenture for the sale of 500 acres in Pennsylvania for 5 shillings, to William Clark.
VERY EARLY PENNSYLVANIA INDENTURE, written just 13 months after Pennsylvania was created. William Clark(e) and Penn were fellow Quakers. Clark became Provincial Councilor and Justice of the Peace in Sussex County (now Delaware). Clark lived in the area disputed by Lord Baltimore and Penn and tried to mediate between the two. See Soderland & Dunn, eds William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania: A Documentary History, 1983, p 56ff.
- This is an engraved document accomplished in manuscript.