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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05311 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Document signed Date: 7 May 1770 Pagination: 1

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]."

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

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Westward Expansion, Declaration of Independence Signer, Land Transaction, Frontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: Road to Revolution