1 full page folio, ink slightly faded, clean separations along two horizontal folds (repairable), three small holes where removed from a mount." /> PENN, John (1740-1788), Signer (North Carolina). Autograph legal document signed ("John Penn"), countersigned by two others, Granville County, [North Carolina], 2 January 1783. <I>1 full page folio, ink slightly faded, clean separations along two horizontal folds (repairable), three small holes where removed from a mount</I>.|
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    PENN, John (1740-1788), Signer (North Carolina). Autograph legal document signed ("John Penn"), countersigned by two others, Granville County, [North Carolina], 2 January 1783. 1 full page folio, ink slightly faded, clean separations along two horizontal folds (repairable), three small holes where removed from a mount.

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    PENN, John (1740-1788), Signer (North Carolina). Autograph legal document signed ("John Penn"), countersigned by two others, Granville County, [North Carolina], 2 January 1783. 1 full page folio, ink slightly faded, clean separations along two horizontal folds (repairable), three small holes where removed from a mount.

    "Know all men by these presents that me John Penn and William Bulloch...are held and firmly bound unto John Byrd in the sum of [4,800] pounds of Tobacco...For such payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and each of us...jointly and severally...firmly by these presents sealed with our seals...." The document goes on to specify further conditions of the obligation and assigns all legal costs in case of default to Penn and his partner. Beneath, Penn and Bulloch have affixed clear signatures and penwork seals.

    Penn, a self-taught lawyer, moved from Virginia to North Carolina in 1774, and was in 1775 elected a delegate to the Continental Congress. He served in that role until 1780 when he returned to North Carolina to assist in its difficult defense against Cornwallis and his sizeable army. After the war, he returned to the practice of law and, as documented here, was active in the Tobacco trade. His premature death in 1788 ensured that letters and documents in his hand are extremely uncommon.


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