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Lot 464

1715 Philadelphia Indenture. Handsome vellum deed between Samuel Carpenter and his wife, Mary, of Philadelphia and John Harrison of Philadelphia. The deed refers to a July 1684 William Penn grant of land situated from Delaware Avenue to Second Street, 51 feet wide and 300 feet in length, owned by the Carpenters. This 1715 deed transfers ownership to John Harrison. The vellum deed is approximately 25 x 20 in., with normal folds and some light foxing. It is signed by Samuel Carpenter, Mary Carpenter, and two witnesses. It also carries two red seals. A handsome, rare, early Philadelphia indenture. Suitable for framing.

Samuel Carpenter was one of the first settlers of Philadelphia, a member of the first Provincial Council, and is listed in the first city Charter of Philadelphia (dated May 20, 1691). Carpenter was a member of the early Philadelphia Assembly, which was the backbone of the young, growing community. He was also involved in providing money to preserve the English alliance with the five Indian Nations against the French. He was a very successful businessman; the famous "Carpenter's Hall" was named after him.
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.


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