4to. 1 page, approximately 60 words. Folded; tear and marginal chip repaired on verso. Very good. Item #41564
In full: "I sent your letter to my Brother Craig at Chester. Not the best news in the world. I am under great concern at the Loss of a Letter the Proprietor gave me strict Charge to convey to Mr. Barton. I understand that one Bondes took it from James Ennis & has smashed the letter. If he can do such things he is not fit for your service I am sure." In addition to his religious duties, Peters was secretary to the Pennsylvania provincial land office, 1737-1760, and provincial counselor, 1749-1776; along with Benjamin Franklin, he helped to found the College of Philadelphia, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Hospital. Shippen served on the Pennsylvania Provincial Council, 1770-1775, and on its court of vice-admiralty, 1752-1776, then after the Revolutionary War he held important judicial posts including that of chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1799-1805.