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Earliest Known Letter from John to Thomas Penn
Also Signed Many Times by Thomas Penn

JOHN PENN, Autograph Letter Signed. Bristoll, 4 Decem: 1715. 1 page, with autograph address and six examples of Thomas Penn’s signature on verso.


all Relations have much as they ware & give their Dear Love to Father & Mother…”

15-year old John, having just left the Penn household in Ruscombe, England, writes home. He mentions his mother’s cooking and the well-documented family love of chocolate. The recipient, John’s younger brother, Thomas Penn, who later owned ¾ of William Penn’s proprietary interest in Pennsylvania, practices signing his name on the address leaf. The “Black Cap” referred to in John’s postscript is a reference to the famous Quaker hat. Quakers, as a sign of their egalitarianism, refused to take their hat off for anyone, regardless of societal rank. “Addam” was William Penn’s nickname, a reference to the biblical first man.

Item #21619.99, $25,000

“Oaths & Declarations”: William Penn, Jr. and Quakers
Sign Separate Declaration to Sit on Pennsylvania Council with Non-Quakers

WILLIAM PENN, JR, Manuscript Document Signed. N.p. [likely Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], n.d. [ca. February-September 1704]. 2 pp., on bifolium sheet. 320 x 198 mm. One page docketed on verso, “Oaths & Declarations / of Members of Council / Stenton.”


Document signed by Pennsylvania’s political leaders during a stormy period in the province’s history, which saw chronic tensions between Quakers and non-Quakers, between the “lower counties” of Delaware and the rest of the province, and between the proprietor (William Penn) and the Assembly. All the same, the separate signatures on two sheets of paper attests to the landmark commitment of Penn to religious tolerance.

Item #21923, $18,000

William Penn Wanted For Treason

[WILLIAM PENN], Newspaper. The London Gazette, February 9, 1690, 2 pp., 6¼ x 11¼ in.


Pennsylvania founder William Penn supported James II during the Glorious Revolution, James’s attempt to regain the English throne. When William and Mary ascended the throne, Penn was suspected of treason.

Item #30000.54, $900


THOMAS HOLME, [Across the Top]: A Map of the Improved Part of the Province of Pennsilvania in America. Begun by Wil: Penn Proprietary and Governour thereof Anno 1681. [Decorative cartouche to right]: A Map of the Province of Pennsilvania. Containing the three Countyes of Chester, Philadelphia, & Bucks, as far as yet Surveyed and Laid out….


The “greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece” (Corcoran).

“This monumental work is without question the finest printed cartographic document relating to North America to be published to date.” (Burden). No other English American colony was mapped in the seventeenth century on such a large scale, and in such amazing detail.


The Acting Governor of New York
Thanks William Penn for a Gift

ANTHONY BROCKHOLLS, Autograph Letter Signed to Governor William Penn. New York, May 1, 1683


“As the loadstone attracts Iron, so ought acknowledgemts to pursue faviours … [I] dare not presume any further having soe lately recd soe great a marke of your bounty….”

Deputy Governor Anthony Brockholls of New York extends a cordial note to Governor William Penn in the midst of continuing deliberations between Penn and Lord Baltimore over the southern boundary of Pennsylvania and possession of Delaware.

Item #21618, $40,000

Benjamin Franklin Responds to the Grievances of the Paxton Boys in the Wake of Their Violent Attacks During the 1763 Conestoga Massacre

Benjamin Franklin, Manuscript Document Signed, as Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly. An Act for granting to His Majesty the sum of Fifty five Thousand Pounds, and for striking the same in Bills of Credit in the Manner herein after directed, and for providing a Fund for sinking the said Bills of Credit by a Tax on all Estates real and personal and Taxables within this Province. May 30, 1764, Philadelphia. Also signed by JOHN PENN, as Governor of Pennsylvania. 83 pp., 8¼ x 12¾ in. , 0/0/0.


Whereas many barbarous invasions have been made upon several of His Majesty’s Colonies in America, and on the Frontiers of this Province in particular, by divers Parties of the Northern and Western Indians, whereby a great number of the Inhabitants have been driven from their Habitations, many perfidiously murdered and the most cruel Devastations committed in manifest Violation of the most solemn Treaties of Peace lately concluded between our most gracious Sovereign and the said Indians. And whereas His Majesty’s Commander in Chief in North America has thought it necessary, for repelling and preventing the Incursions of the said Indians, to set on Foot certain offensive Operations, to be prosecuted and carried on by His Majesty’s regular forces, in Conjunction with such as should be required of and raised by the several Colonies, Therefore, We, the Representatives of the People of this Province, desirous of complying in the fullest Manner, with the Requisition made of them by His Majesty’s said Commander in Chief, and of cooperating with such offensive Measures as shall be judged necessary for reducing the said Indians and securing the future Peace and Quiet of the Colonies aforesaid, do pray that it may be enacted and be it enacted...That the sum of Fifty five Thousand Pounds in Bills of Credit, to be struck by Virtue of this Act in the Manner herein after mentioned, shall be given to the King’s use.

Item #26253, $37,500
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