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Catalog Number 01.C.20
Object Name Seal
Title Matthew Clarkson Notary Public Seal
Artist Unknown
Date 1770s
Description Central image of sailing ship with sun in the background and hills, bushes and a large sunflower in the foreground. "MATTHEW CLARKSON NOTARY PUBLICK PHILA." around perimeter.
Label Matthew Clarkson, member and Treasurer of the APS, used this seal in his duties as notary and tabellion public in Philadelphia during the 1770s. Clarkson, born in 1733 in New York City, was justice of the court of common pleas, justice of the peace, and justice of the Philadelphia orphans’ court in 1771 and 1772. He served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1792 to 1796. In 1793, during the yellow fever outbreak, Clarkson was involved in turning Brush Hill Mansion into a hospital for fever victims. He died in 1800 and was buried in Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia.
Dimensions D-0.5 Dia-1.375 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms 18th century
eighteenth century
Philadelphia