The Trial of John Peter Zenger
EARLY PENNSYLVANIA MINING AGREEMENT SIGNED BY ANDREW HAMILTON
May 7, 1723
The first ironworks in Pennsylvania was established in 1716, and it promised to be a flourishing industry. The chief problem was a lack of capital to erect ironworks, and to overcome this, groups of investors joined together to establish and finance ironworks. This document is part of one such venture. It is an indenture in which the Edmonds give a group of fifteen men all "the Mines, Minerals and Ore" found on their property for a tenn of ninety-nine years.
Among the fifteen signers of the agreement are James Logan (1674-1751), who was an advisor to William Penn and his descendants for over fifty years and Andrew Hamilton (1676-1741), the Philadelphia lawyer who successfully defended John Peter Zenger in 1735.