Codices. Correspondence. Deeds. Manuscripts, English -- 17th century. Manuscripts, English -- 18th century. Manuscripts, American -- 18th century. Manuscripts, European.
Bound collection of seven documents and letters written by or relating to members of four generations of the family of William Penn, founder and proprietor of Pennsylvania. The volume has a title page for the collection as a whole. Most of the documents are mounted on hinges; the 1729 indenture, which is on parchment, is mounted in the volume folded but can be unfolded. The documents are arranged in chronological order, providing examples of the signature of Admiral William Penn, father of William Penn, 1667; the signature and seal of William Penn, 1681; a letter in the hand of Hannah Callowhill Penn, second wife of William Penn, 1718; the signature and seal of Springett Penn, grandson of William Penn, 1729; the signature and seal of Thomas Penn, son of William Penn, 1739; the signature of Richard Penn, grandson of William Penn, 1773; and the signature of Richard Penn, grandson of William Penn, 1787. Except for the first letter signed by Admiral William Penn, all the documents are related to property in Pennsylvania or Delaware. Bound after 1916 in crushed red morocco with marbled endpapers by H. Zucker, Philadelphia, with the initials A.B.J. in gilt at the bottom of the right cover.
1. Letter recording a payment due to Henry Loader for anchors, 1667 / William Penn and T. Hervey 2. Deed of sale of 500 acres of land in Pennsylvania to John Kirton, 1681 / William Penn 3. Letter to James Logan regarding discourse with Thomas Story concerning affairs in Pennsylvania, 1718 / Hannah Penn 4. Indenture recording sale of ten thousand acres in Pennsylvania to William Penn (grandson of the founder William Penn), 1729 / Springett Penn 5. Form recording the request of James Read for a survey of 200 acres in the White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle County, 1739 / Thomas Penn 6. Letter to John Lukens, Surveyor-General, requesting that he meet with Captain Sinclair and Dr. Smyth to procure from the papers of the late Surveyor General Nicholas Scull a survey of the Delaware from Philadelphia to Easton, 1773 / Richard Penn 7. Letter to John Lukens, requesting that he allow Mr. Butler to take a list of all proprietary papers in his office relating to the Penn manors or other property, 1787 / John Penn.
Documents 2, 3, and 6 sold at auction by Stan V. Henkels (Philadelphia), catalogue no. 1165, 31 March 1916, lots 436, 451, and 453. Presented to the Penn Libraries in 2016 by Caroline F. Schimmel.