A one page document signed at the conclusion “B.Franklin, Presid.” by Benjamin Franklin, as the President of the Pennsylvania Executive Council (a position which was basically Governor of Pennsylvania).

The document, written in Philadelphia and dated Nov. 10, 1785, is written to Council Treasurer David Rittenhouse regarding payment for a Revolutionary War Soldier / Militiaman (William Wilson) and two widows (Ross and McWilliams). 

The writing and signature are both dark and bold.   The writing is in the hand of a scribe. 

The document measures 7.5” x 6” and is in excellent condition, with mild even toning throughout, some ink showing through from the reverse, expected folds, and no paper loss. 

There is minor paper loss at the very bottom, which has been professionally and archivally repaired and reinforced on the reverse.  Overall the document looks spectacular and is a very fine example, especially considering the age.

Benjamin Franklin signed documents have become exceedingly difficult to find — don’t miss your chance on this one.

Sold with Letters of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source and independent third-party authenticator PSA/DNA.


The document reads in full:

“In Council

Pay to William Wilson Esquire or his order the sum of three hundred and fifty one pounds five shillings specie in full of his account for his pay as Lieutenant of the County of Northcumberland and for money due to the Widows Ross and McWilliams according to the Comptrollers Report ___ to be paid out of monies arriving from Militia fines in the City and Liberties of Philadelphia ___________”