[COLONIAL AMERICANA] Two indentures.
The first a conveyance of land between Henry Parkes "Late of London Merchant" to John Appleton of Ipswich in New England, dated June 6, 1655. 11 x 21 inches (28 x 42 cm); written on vellum in a legal hand, unfolded at the seal fold with a vellum seal tab remaining. Some minor fold separations, soiling, losses from a hole just affecting the lower lines of the text, but still readable. Framed; the second a conveyance of land between Mary and Joshua Lamb of Roxbury and Benjamin Walker of Boston, March 1, 1698. 16 x 19 1/2 inches (40 x 49 cm); written on vellum in a legal hand, unfolded at the seal fold with a vellum seal tab remaining. Soiling and toning, losses from several small holes affecting the lower lines of the text, but still eminently readable.
John Appleton (d. 1699) was one of the pioneering settlers of Ipswich, Mass. Born in Little Waldingfield, Suffolk, England, he came to Massachusetts in 1635 with his parents Samuel and Judith Appleton. Colonial-era American indentures before 1700 are quite uncommon on the market.
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