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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Admitting Ohio Co. as co-purchaser of land (c/s Wharton, Pownall & Walpole)

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05311 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Document signed Date: 7 May 1770 Pagination: 2 items 30.5 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Signed by Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Wharton, Thomas Pownall and Thomas Walpole. The document admits the Ohio Company as additional co-purchaser for a tract of land "for a new province on the Ohio." The manuscript states how the land will be divided. (The land being purchased is now in the state of Indiana.) Accompanied by a manuscript sale announcement for several thousand acres "situated on the River Ohio, a little above the River Kentucke [sic]."

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: We the Committee of the Purchasers of a Tract of Country for a new Province on the Ohio in America, do hereby admit the Ohio Company as a Co-Purchaser with ...us for two Shares of the said Purchase, in Consideration of the Engagement of their Agent Col. Mercer to withdraw the Application of the said Company for a separate Grant within the Limits of the said Purchase. Witness our Hands this 7th Day of May 1770. --
Thomas Walpole
T. Pownall
B Franklin
Saml. Wharton
X The Whole being divided into
Seventy two equall Shares. by
the words "two shares" above,
is understood two Seventy second
parts of the Tract, so as above
Purchased
Thomas Walpole
T Pownall
B Franklin
Saml. Wharton


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People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Wharton, Samuel
Pownall, Thomas, 1722-1805
Walpole, Thomas

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Westward ExpansionDeclaration of Independence SignerLand TransactionFrontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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