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Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) to John Franklin, William Hooker Smith, and John Jenkins

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04686 Author/Creator: Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Letter signed Date: 12 June 1786 Pagination: 2 p. ; 31.5 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Franklin, writing as president of the Pennsylvania Council, discusses the strife in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania, land that was claimed by both Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Acknowledges the "affliction" of the Yankee settlers, describes the testimony heard by the Council, and offers safe passage for an agent. The Connecticut settlers were later given clear title to the land, but John Franklin was imprisoned for treason. The conflict arose under the Articles of Confederation and helped justify support of a new Constitution.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution. Franklin, Smith, and Jenkins were representatives of the Connecticut settlers. Franklin was a signer of the Constitution.

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Smith, William Hooker, 1725-1815
Franklin, John, 1749-1831
Jenkins, John, 1751-1827

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: US ConstitutionGovernment and CivicsBoundary or Property DisputeLawRebellion

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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