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Benjamin Franklin Handwritten Letter Signed

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Benjamin Franklin was renowned as a printer, publisher, author, inventor, scientist, diplomat, and public official. An important Revolutionary leader, he attended the Albany Congress, sat in the Second Continental Congress, and helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, both which he signed. He was postmaster general and a diplomat to France, where he negotiated the Treaty of Paris. Odyssey is pround to present this incredible handwritten letter from arguably the most brilliant and accomplished individual in the history of the United States. 3 pages, accomplished on two (2) 4.25 x 6.25 sheets, dated April 3, 1748, Franklin pens this intriguing letter while on the high seas in fear of an attack by Don Pedro's Spanish Privateer. Writing to fellow Pennsylvania statesman James Logan, in part, "Sir, I have a letter from Mr. Samuel Lawrence of New York, (who undertook to ship the Guns for us) informing, that two small vessels had been agreed with to bring them round; but a Sloop arriving there on Sunday last had been chas'd in lattitude 36 by a ship and brig't that were suppos'd Don Pedro with a Consort coming on this Coast, the Governor and Council thought it more advisable to send them to Brunswick, which we since hear is done...The postmaster at New York, and another Correspondent there, write me that the ship seen was certainly that of Don Pedro the Capt. of the Vessel chas'd knowing her well, having often seen her at the Havana where she had been several voyages with the Flag of Truce. He was very near being taken, but escaped by Favour of the Night. We are glad to hear that the Don has come out with only one consort only, as, by some accounts, we apprehended intended to bring a small fleet with him. It looks now that his design was more against our Trade than our City..." Handsomely signed at the conclusion, "I am Sir, Your most obliged hum'l Serv't, B. Franklin, Ap. 3, 48." This letter would later go on to be quoted on page 229 in "Silked and carefully restored, this letter stands in exceptionally fine condition, with Franklin's handwriting standing our clear and vivid on all three pages. A true museum-quality manuscript from an extraordinary American icon, deserving of prominent placement in a collection of distinction.
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0718: Benjamin Franklin Handwritten Letter Signed

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Lot 0718 Details

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Benjamin Franklin was renowned as a printer, publisher, author, inventor, scientist, diplomat, and public official. An important Revolutionary leader, he attended the Albany Congress, sat in the Second Continental Congress, and helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, both which he signed. He was postmaster general and a diplomat to France, where he negotiated the Treaty of Paris. Odyssey is pround to present this incredible handwritten letter from arguably the most brilliant and accomplished individual in the history of the United States. 3 pages, accomplished on two (2) 4.25 x 6.25 sheets, dated April 3, 1748, Franklin pens this intriguing letter while on the high seas in fear of an attack by Don Pedro's Spanish Privateer. Writing to fellow Pennsylvania statesman James Logan, in part, "Sir, I have a letter from Mr. Samuel Lawrence of New York, (who undertook to ship the Guns for us) informing, that two small vessels had been agreed with to bring them round; but a Sloop arriving there on Sunday last had been chas'd in lattitude 36 by a ship and brig't that were suppos'd Don Pedro with a Consort coming on this Coast, the Governor and Council thought it more advisable to send them to Brunswick, which we since hear is done...The postmaster at New York, and another Correspondent there, write me that the ship seen was certainly that of Don Pedro the Capt. of the Vessel chas'd knowing her well, having often seen her at the Havana where she had been several voyages with the Flag of Truce. He was very near being taken, but escaped by Favour of the Night. We are glad to hear that the Don has come out with only one consort only, as, by some accounts, we apprehended intended to bring a small fleet with him. It looks now that his design was more against our Trade than our City..." Handsomely signed at the conclusion, "I am Sir, Your most obliged hum'l Serv't, B. Franklin, Ap. 3, 48." This letter would later go on to be quoted on page 229 in "Silked and carefully restored, this letter stands in exceptionally fine condition, with Franklin's handwriting standing our clear and vivid on all three pages. A true museum-quality manuscript from an extraordinary American icon, deserving of prominent placement in a collection of distinction.

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