SIGNED AS A DELEGATE TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN (1706-1790) Founding Father of the United States; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; author and printer; political theorist and politician; scientist; inventor; statesman; and diplomat. Autograph Note Signed “Dr. Franklin”, in the third person. To: Charles Biddle (1745-1821), Vice-President of Pennsylvania. No place [Philadelphia], 8 May 1787. One page, oblong octavo. (4 x 6 3/8 in).
“Dr. Franklin presents his Respects to the Vice-Presid[en]t, and sends an enclosed Petition [not present], requesting to be informed ‘what Advice to give the poor Man.”
Below is a brief postscript:
“And desire to know how Mr. Biddle does.”
Biddle served as Vice-President from 10 October 1785 to 31 October 1787. Franklin, at this date, had been elected as one of Pennsylvania’s representatives to the Constitutional Congress, which officially opened on May 25, some two weeks after this note. Franklin was the eldest delegate to the Convention at age 82. A fine example for framing or display, and rather rare from this period of his remarkable life.