Offering a beautifully executed deed, 14 1/4 x 22, on vellum documenting the sale of property from WHITE MATLACK and his wife MARY on the south side of Pine Street, between Sixth and Seven streets in Philadelphia, to JOSEPH AND NATHANIEL RICHARDSON for 550 pounds “current gold and silver money of Pennsylvania.” The deed is signed by White and Mary Matlack and Richard Varick as mayor of New York City.
MATLACK (brother of TIMOTHY MATLACK, who inscribed the original Declaration of Independence) was a watchmaker and silversmith in New York City from 1769-1775. He and Timothy, among other Quakers, were disowned, due to their support of the Revolutionary War, and formed the Society of the Free Quakers in response. In 1786, White signed a letter to the New York Assembly against the shipping of African slaves through the Port of New York, and the next year joined the New York Manumission Society. Others in this society of wealthy white men included John Jay.
JOSEPH RICHARDSON Jr. was a prominent gold and silversmith in Philadelphia. He created important Indian Peace Medals in the 1790s and was appointed by George Washington as the Assayer of the Philadelphia Mint.
RICHARD VARICK served as George Washington’s aide-de-camp and private secretary and has been referred to as the Forgotten Founding Father who was the 45th Mayor of New York City. Varick was a founder of the Society of the Cincinnati.
Folds and light toning. Beautiful wafer and wax seals intact. Fine docketing the receipt of the purchase on the verso with an additional Matlack signature.
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