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United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers continued...

Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2699 c ImageJohn Langdon. Delegate from New Hampshire (Continental Congresses of 1775-77, 1786-87), framer and signer of the Constitution, and U.S. Senator, free frank "free J. Langdon" as Senator on letter signed by Ebenezer Hazard, former Postmaster General, datelined New York, April 17, 1790, to the Rev. Jedediah Morse at Charlestown Mass., faintly struck "New-York April 18" straightline and "Free" handstamp, about half of the letter deals with business, the other offers sharp comments about Congress including the statement, "Local Politics have too great an Influence in Congress, some light foxing along folds, otherwise Very Fine, Langdon's frank is extremely rare, the combination of Langdon's and Hazard's signatures on one document is most unusual, ex Grunin and Robertson (Image)

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E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2700 c ImageFranklin Pierce. Free frank "Franklin Pierce" as President on legal-size cover addressed in his hand to Pierce Butler "For Miss Fanny Butler" in Philadelphia, "Washington City D.C. Oct. 29, 1856" circular datestamp, minor soiling at left, Very Fine, this cover is addressed to the anti-slavery wife of wealthy slaveowner Pierce Butler, Fanny Butler published Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation, described as "the closest, most-detailed look at plantation slavery ever recorded by a white northern abolitionist" (see www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1569.html ), Butler and his wife Fanny divorced in 1849, this communication from President Pierce must have reached her thru her ex-husband, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania (Image)

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E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2701 c ImageJames Buchanan. Red "Lancaster Pa. Nov. 27" circular datestamp with matching "Free" on folded letter to Secretary of the Navy James K. Paulding in Washington D.C., letter datelined "Lancaster 26 November 1840" and signed "from your friend, very respectfully, James Buchanan," contains recommendations for an assistant surgeon position and was sent when Buchanan was serving as a United States Senator, couple edge splits and toned fold on front, otherwise Very Fine (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
2702 c ImageJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on folded cover to Newark N.J., red "Lancaster Pa. Aug. 4" circular datestamp with matching "Free" handstamp, Very Fine, most likely sent when Buchanan was serving as a United States Senator (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
2703 c ImageJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" as President of the United States on cover to Lancaster Pa., "Washington City D.C. Apr. 22, 185(?) Free" circular datestamp, mostly intact red Presidential wax seal on back, light overall soiling, still Very Fine (Image)

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E. 400-500

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2704 c ImageJames Buchanan. Free frank "Free James Buchanan" on cover to Boston, neat "Lancaster Pa. Mar. 16, 1861" datestamp and "Free" handstamp, Very Fine and choice usage, Buchanan left office on March 3, 1861, thirteen days before this was sent (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2705 c Lancaster Pa., Free Franks. Eight items, incl. four James Buchanan franks, earliest a free frank as member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1825 with "Lanc. P." postmark showing reversed "N"), one from 1852 singed on back of folded cover (not a free frank as he was out office), two others post-presidency (one a front only), two from Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, 1852 and 1863, the latter with complete letter, also free frank from Congressman Anthony E. Roberts, wear and cover toning throughout, Fine appearing and interesting group

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E. 500-750

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
2706 c Franklin D. Roosevelt, Cabinet, Governors, 1933-36 Autographs. 61 covers, each with franked with 1933-36 Commemorative issues and with a signature, including FDR, John Nance Garner, former President Hoover (two), 10 cabinet secretaries (Wallace signature pasted on), the rest are governors on state cachet covers, all mailed from Washington or the respective states, Very Fine and fascinating group

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E. 400-500

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2707 c ImageAdmiral H. E. Kimmel and Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida. Autographs on cover from 25th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, with 3c and 5c stamps tied by "Pearl City HI Dec. 7 1966" machine cancel, U.N. cachet at left, Fuchida signed in English and Japanese with "Luke 23:34", Very Fine, scarce historical item (Image)

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E. 400-500

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2708 c Image(Lancaster Pa., 1757) "Paid 2". Bold red manuscript postmark for 2dwt 60-100 miles rate on folded cover to Joseph Shippen in Philadelphia, marking may be in the hand of Benjamin Franklin but must be verified by a handwriting expert, the Siskin sale catalogue states the cover originally contained a postmaster appointment which is now in archives, flaps and back separated from front, Very Fine appearance, ex Siskin (Image)

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E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $5,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2709 c Image(Philadelphia Pa., 1766) "Phi 6". Clear manuscript postmark in red for 6dwt rate on folded letter to Lancaster Pa., Lancaster manuscript "2/6" rate in red for local currency (2sh6p), letter datelined Sep. 24, 1766, some splitting along folds, Fine, ex Siskin (Image)

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E. 300-400

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction

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