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Hall and Sellers     $15.00
Hall and Sellers
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Hall and Sellersdocument reproduction that was originally signed, March 29, 1777, [Philadelphia], by William Hall (1752-1831), signing on behalf of his famous printing firm "Hall and Sellers." Originally, the firm name was "Franklin and Hall" after partners Benjamin Franklin and Williams father, David Hall (1714-72), who partnered with Franklin for over 18 years. The document is a receipt for a subscription to the Pennsylvania Gazette, which was published by Hall and Sellers. In full: "Rec'd, March 29, 1777 of Dr. Samuel Swift Twenty eight shillings and Four pence in full for the Gazette to the First of February last. Hall and Sellers." Benjamin Franklin hired David Hall (William's father) in 1743 to assist him in his printing house, having worked for Franklin’s friend, William Strahan, in London. Franklin took Hall into partnership in 1748 and their enterprise became "Franklin & Hall." Their partnership lasted for 18 years until Franklin sold his interest in the partnership to Hall in 1766. By that time, it was probably the most notable printing business in the colonies. William Sellers (1725-1804) had been Hall’s journeyman in the printing house. He began his own printing house in Philadelphia in 1764. Shortly after buying out Franklin's interest in 1766, Hall took Sellers in as a partner, creating the new firm of "Hall & Sellers." In addition to printing the Gazette, the firm printed all the paper money for the colony of Pennsylvania and continued the contract with the state that Franklin had negotiated which included all pamphlets, and official documents. After David Hall died in 1772, his two sons, William (who writes this document), and David Hall, Jr., entered the firm with William Sellers, continuing the firm name "Hall & Sellers." After the Revolutionary War broke out, the firm printed Continental Currency. William was the oldest son of David Hall. Besides being a printer, William Hall was one of the original members of the "Light Horse of the City of Philadelphia," afterwards known as "The First City Troop," serving as Second Sergeant. He was a member of the Troop throughout his life. During a portion of the war, he also was served as Secretary of the St. Andrew's Society. Dr. Samuel Swift (1711-1784) the recipient of this receipt, was a descendent of Captain James Swift, who came to Virginia with Captain John Smith in 1620. Dr. Swift was a good friend of Benjamin Franklin. His brother-in-law was Edward Duffield, the famous colonial clock maker.  This is a wonderful example of the most important printing firm in the colonies.  This Hall and Sellers document reproduction would look great in an album or display.




 


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