• Colonial Slaveholder, Philadelphia Mayor, British Paymaster Shippen And Judge Spycker Who Reported on Indian Attacks Sign Deed

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    EDWARD SHIPPEN (July 9, 1703 – September 25, 1781) was a merchant and mayor of Philadelphia in Colonial America (1744) and grandson to Edward Shippen, an earlier Philadelphia mayor. Shippen was a slaveholder but his slaves were freed upon his death.   Shippen entered into the mercantile business with James Logan in 1732. Afterward, he went into the fur trade with Thomas Lawrence.


    In 1745 and for several years thereafter he served as judge of the Court of Common Pleas.  He moved to Lancaster in 1752, where he served as protonotary (clerk of the court) until 1778.   He was paymaster for the British and provincial forces that were commanded by generals John Forbes, John Stanwix and Col. Bouquet. He was a county judge under both the provincial and state governments.


    Shippen laid out and founded the town of Shippensburg, PA.  He was one of the founders of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). He was also a subscriber to the Philadelphia Academy (now the University of Pennsylvania), founder of the Pennsylvania Hospital and the American Philosophical Society. [Research included]


    PETER SPYCKER was born in Paltinate and emigrated with his father in 1738 in Tulpehocken township shortly after landing in Philadelphia.  He was a farmer and appointed one of the judges of the county in 1763. He was appointed President of the Courts in 1780 and was the principal judicial officer in the county during the Revolution. Spycker also prepared a lengthy 1757 report for the governor listing the Pennsylvania settlers who were captured or killed by Indians in the French and Indian War. [Research included]


    2 pp, 8 x 13, 1768 deed between Elizabeth Moor and John Moor for “fifteen pounds lawful money of Pensilvania [sic] for one hundred acres…”  Spycker has signed twice as a witness.  John Phillip has signed as “one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace.” Shippen has signed on the verso as the recorder. Wonderful wafer seal intact.


    Fine example of early Colonial Pennsylvania Americana.


    Toning. Folds.  Splits reinforced with archival tape.


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