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Signer John Penn rare fully signed document, a colonial arrest
"Manuscript Document Signed ?Executed / John Pope Shff / J. Penn? on verso, 1 page, 7.5? x 6.25?. Granville County, North Carolina, May 4, 1774. Dampstaining at one edge, not near Penn?s handwriting and does not affect legibility. Expertly mended at folds. Minor flaws, but not at Penn?s writing. Very Good condition. Manuscript order signed ?Reuben Searcy C.C.? In part, ?George the third by the grace of God King of great Britain &c To the sheriff of Granville County We Command you that you take the body of Robert Robertson Labourer if he be found in your bailiwick and him safely keep so that you have him before the Justices of our Inferior Court of pleas and quarter Sessions at the next Court to be held for the said County at the Court house on the first Tuesday in August next there to Answer William Short of a Plea that he render to him the sum of Eleven Pounds ten Shillings Virginia Money...? Penn has also penned ?Executed / John Pope Shff? on verso, indicating that the Sheriff of Granville County, John Pope, had executed the court?s order. Licensed to practice law in Virginia in 1763 at age 22, in 1774, John Penn moved his law practice to Granville County, North Carolina. In 1775, Penn was elected to the North Carolina Provincial Congress which elected him a member of the Continental Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence. Reuben Searcy (1729-1815) was named Clerk of the Court (C.C.) for Granville County in 1771. Moving to Kentucky, he served in the Revolutionary War as Colonel in Captain John Holder's Company in Madison County, at and near Boonesborough. "
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