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Collection Reference Number GLC02521
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1787 
Title Benjamin Franklin to George Clinton requesting evidence relating to the Yankee-Pennamite war
Date 7 October 1787
Author Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  
Recipient Clinton, George  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Franklin, writing as president of the executive council of Pennsylvania, asks New York's Governor Clinton to aid in gathering evidence against conspirators in the Yankee-Pennamite war. The Pennamite Wars were organized (but not state-sponsored) battles between settlers from Pennsylvania and Connecticut who claimed land in the Wyoming Valley in northeast Pennsylvania. The day this letter was written, John Franklin, one of the Yankee leaders was sentenced by the Council of Pennsylvania to be kept in irons. The letter's verso and integral leaf show evidence that this is the original used in Franklin's letterpress to make a copy.
Subjects Government and Civics  Boundary or Property Dispute  Rebellion  Battle  Land Transaction  
People Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  Clinton, George (1739-1812)  
Place written Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Theme Government & Politics; Law; Creating a New Government
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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