15 September 1773 · Philadelphia
Edmund Physick was the father of Philip Syng Physick, who is acknowledged as the "Father of American Surgery." Edmund was the "Keeper of the Great Seal" for the Penn family, which meant he managed the Penn properties and interests in the colonies. In fact, at one point during the Revolution Edmund negotiated a treaty between British General Howe and George Washington that halted fighting on one of the Penn family properties outside of Philadelphia. Here he issues a receipt to Thomas Shields for £24 15s "curr[e]nt money of Pennsylvania in lieu of fifteen pounds sterling for 300 acres of land on both sides of Corking Creek & adjoining land applied for by Lancelot Johnson in North[umberlan]d County to be Surveyed to him by Warr[an]t."
Provenance: With pencilled dealer's code of Sessler's on the verso; in the collection of Philadelphia collector Robert R. Dearden, Jr. Very good condition. Written in a very clear hand. With pencilled dealer's code on the verso. (Inventory #: 29105)