Benjamin Franklin Papers

Certification of a Deed, [12 October 1781]

Certification of a Deed1

AD: American Philosophical Society

[October 12, 1781]

I the underwritten do hereby certify, that the within Writing appears to me to be a genuine Deed, being in all the Forms customary in Philadelphia, where it purports to have been executed.

Form of the Certificate which I wrote at the Request of M. Dautun on Shaffer’s Deed

1Based on a certificate d’Autun himself had drafted in French for BF to use as a model. It began by asserting that the signature of John Miller, “un des Juges de paix pour la ville en Comté de Philadelphie,” was authentic (APS).

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