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William Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's Loyalist Son, Signs A Legal Document As Last Colonial Governor Of New Jersey Regarding A Burlington County Bridge
WILLIAM FRANKLIN (1730-1813). Franklin was the illegitimate son of American statesman Benjamin Franklin. Unlike his father, however, William Franklin supported the Loyalist cause during the American Revolution. He was the last colonial Governor of New Jersey. DS. 1pg. 15" x 18". June 20, 1765. Burlington, New Jersey. A legal document signed "Wm Franklin" as the colonial Governor of New Jersey and co-signed by "Robert Ogden" as the Speaker. The document concerns maintaining a bridge over Cooper's Creek in Burlington County, New Jersey: "...Whereas the Commissioners in the above named have not laid out that part of the New Road from Burlington County to Coopers Ferries which begins at the End of the Causeway adjoining the Bridge over Coopers Creek and from then leads to the said Ferries, For Enabling them to Compleat the same and keep it in Repair...and keep them up and in Repair and retain the Expense at First and from Time to Time...Whereas the Road from Coopers Ferries to Mount Holly needs the Care and Oversight of some Body to keep it in due Order...". The large document has strong fold lines with professional repairs to many of the creases on the verso, and chipping to the margins. The Franklin signature is large and dark. The overall condition is good.
Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. [United States]
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