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Police Recover Testament of Rebecca Gratz; Stolen from City Hall

The last will and testament of Rebecca Gratz, leading personality of one of America’s great Jewish families and original of the heroine of Sir Walter Scott’s “Ivanhoe,” which was stolen from a collection housed in Philadelphia City Hall, has been recovered, it was learned today.

The theft was unknown until an advertisement appeared in a New York newspaper offering the will for sale. The offer was made by a well-known collector. Edwin Wolf, 2nd, historian of Philadelphia Jewry and himself member of a famous Philadelphia family, saw the advertisement and notified the American Philosophical Association and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Officials of the two groups asked city action. A police intelligence unit recovered the will.