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Lot 209: c. 1780s Deed for Land Confiscated from British Loyalist Sir William Pepperell
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
British Loyalist Sir William Pepperell's Land is Confiscated Land Deed
c. 1780s Revolutionary War Era, Partially-Printed Deed for Land, Unused Remainder Form, Choice Crisp Extremely Fine+.
An original Partially-Printed yet uncompleted Deed Form for the sale of property confiscated by the State of Massachusetts at the end of the Revolutionary War from "the Estate of Sir William Pepperell, now of London, which escheated, and accrued to said Commonwealth." This rare original Document was to be used by a committee of the State appointed to sell off the property of the famous Loyalist. Deed measures approximately 7.5" x 12" on crisp handmade laid period paper with watermark. The first we have seen and offered. Very Rare.
Sir William Pepperell (1746-1816) was the grandson of the famed "Hero of Louisburg" during the French and Indian Wars. He was one of the wealthiest men in New England but a strong supporter of the Crown during the Revolutionary War. He moved to England with his family during the American Revolutionary War, and his property was confiscated by the government for his Loyalist activities