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The Allan Goldberg Collection of United States Postal History

Free Franks
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1 c imageGeorge Washington. Free frank "G Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army on folded cover addressed in another hand to "His Excellency Governor Harrison, Richmond Virginia", ms. "4:16" (4dwt 16gr) rate, receipt docketing at left "Genl. Washington Decr. 1782 Copd.",, skillfully cleaned

VERY FINE. A BOLD AND ATTRACTIVE FREE FRANK OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY TO BENJAMIN HARRISON AS GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA.

This cover was sent to Virginia Governor Benjamin Harrison in December 1782 from Washington's headquarters at Newburgh N.Y. According to George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gwhome.html), Washington wrote letters to Harrison on December 11 and 25, 1782.

Benjamin Harrison, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a delegate to the Continental Congress, was Governor of Virginia from 1781 to 1784. His son (William H.) and grandson (Benjamin) were Presidents of the United States.

Apparently this letter was not considered exempt from postage charges and was rated 4dwt16gr (1sh2p). It is difficult to imagine that any postage was actually collected from Governor Harrison.

With 1976 Hamilton certificate. (Image)

E. 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $7,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2   imageJohn Adams. Bold free frank "J. Adams" as Vice President and addressed in his hand to his son "John Quincy Adams, Attorney at Law, Court Street, Boston", on cover front only with flaps added, well-struck "NEW-YORK SEPT 14" (ca. 1790-91) straightline datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, Very Fine appearance, an attractive example of John Adams franking signature and rare piece associating father and son, the New York straightline style is listed in ASCC Vol. 1 used 1790-91, when Adams was Vice President (1789-97) and John Quincy Adams practiced law in Boston (1787-94) (Image) E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction

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