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American Founding father BENJAMIN FRANKLIN hand-written third-person partial ALS signed in text as "Franklin". This handwritten postscript was previously removed from a larger January 1769 ALS that is documented and verified by the Franklin Papers at Yale University. 50+ words in Franklin's flowing hand to his friend and American Botanist John Bartram. In the letter Franklin helps deliver a box to George III as well as discusses botany with Bartram. 


In the complete text of this letter Franklin writes concerning a box from Bartram "directed to the King'. John Bartram was the "King's [George III] Botanist which carried with it an annual commission of fifty pounds". In the letter Benjamin Franklin helps to deliver the box directed to George III with the help of Michael Collinson son of noted British importer of American exotics Peter Collinson. A rare handwritten and signed text from Franklin connecting him to the British King he would later rebel against as well as exemplifying his scientific interests and pursuits. 


CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC BY PSA/DNA EXPERT EXAMINATION. Sale includes original PSA Letter of Authenticity. GUARANTEED GENUINE - simply one of the finest Franklin autographs available on the market. A high-quality investment piece. 


Franklin has written:

"P.S. Jan. 28. The Box is delivered according to Mr. Mich. Collinson's Directions, at Lord Bute's. Mr. Collinson takes it amiss that you did not write to him. I have sent over some Seed of Naked Oats, and some of Swiss Barley, 6 rows to an Ear. If you would choose to try some of it, call on Mrs. Franklin"


Complete text of the letter from the Franklin Papers:


Document measures 7.75"x2". Overall frame measures 13"x18.5". The partial letter is in fine condition for its 250+ years of age. Light staining to the left edge, and show-through from writing on the reverse (evidently a list of plants or crops, likely written by Bartram).


Sold as is, as shown.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN * PSA/DNA * Signed Handwritten Autograph RE: Box To George III

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