Benjamin Franklin Papers

Discharge of the Mortgage of Mary Pitts, 14 October 1776: résumé

Discharge of the Mortgage of Mary Pitts7

DS: American Philosophical Society

<October 14, 1776: Appeared before me, William Parr, recorder of deeds,8 Benjamin Franklin, the mortgagee, who has received from the representative of Mary Pitts, the mortgagor, the money and interest due for the discharge of the mortgage. Signed by Franklin and attested by Parr.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7BF had first tried to attach this mortgage in 1753, and the affair had dragged on for years. The mortgagor died in 1772; now BF, presumably as part of winding up his affairs before leaving for France, recovered from her representative £502 16s.: above, XIV, 191 n; XIX, 192, 395.

8Also a lawyer and judge and member of the Philadelphia common council; see E. James Ferguson et al., eds., The Papers of Robert Morris . . . (5 vols. to date, [Pittsburgh, 1973-]), II, 346 n.

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