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Re: Adam Christ, Pa. Rev. War soldier, pension payment document, 1787
Posted by: Bill Pease (ID *****9765) Date: October 16, 2007 at 11:26:41
In Reply to: Adam Christ, Pa. Rev. War soldier, pension payment document, 1787 by Bill Pease of 283

The dealer who had this document for sale (Profiles in History, 110 N. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 9021. [])(the document has since been sold) included the following information about it in his catalog #34:

39. FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN. 1706-1790. American statesman, philosopher, author, inventor, printer and scientist. Sometimes considered "the wisest American". RARE FINANCIAL DOCUMENT SIGNED with ADDITIONAL HANDWRITTEN TEXT, One page, approx. 8 in. x 6 in., dated June 30, 1787, authorizing a pension payment of £2 to Adam Christ — most certainly a Pennsylvania soldier who fought in the
Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The document reads (in full; Franklin’s handwritten text in bold):
“In Council, Philadelphia, 30 June, 1787 Pay to Adam Christ, Invalid, or Order, the Sum of Two Pounds being due him for one Quarter’s Pension, according to the Comptroller
General’s report, and an Act of Assembly dated the twenty-second Day of September, 1785”
Signed boldly at the lower right, “B Franklin” with ornate paraph. The document is also endorsed by Jonathan Nicholson, Comptroller General of Pennsylvania and a financial partner of Signer Robert Morris. Although the nature of his pension is not known, this type of state aid
was given primarily to soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War; Christ may have been a foot soldier in the Pennsylvania Militia or the regular Continental Army. Minor paper loss at lower right corner due to original cancellation mark, and some minor soiling; on the whole, in
fine condition with a gorgeous dark signature. Financial documents signed by Franklin are very uncommon; this pension authorization, with such intriguing associations, is especially desirable. (#22972) $12,500

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