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British Parliamentary Post and Early Colonial Period continued...

French and Indian War
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2728 c image1757 (Oct.) to Conrad Weiser. Folded cover addressed "To Conrad Weiser, Esqr., Collonell of the first Batallion of the Regiment of the Province of Pennsylvania at Heydelberg, by John Leidig Doctor", receipt docketing is difficult to transcribe but includes the date "Ocr. 1757", overall toning and faint stains

AN EXTRAORDINARY POSTAL ARTIFACT OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, ADDRESSED TO CONRAD WEISER AS COLONEL IN CHARGE OF THE FIRST BATTALION OF PENNSYLVANIA REGIMENTS, FORMED IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE PENN'S CREEK MASSACRE TO PROTECT THE PENNSYLVANIA FRONTIER SETTLEMENTS BETWEEN THE DELAWARE AND SUSQUEHANNA RIVERS.

As British and French interests in North America collided, and soon after Braddock's defeat in the Battle of Monongahela in July 1755, Native American war parties attacked pioneer settlements along the Pennsylvania frontier. The "Penn's Creek Massacre" in October 1755 wiped out 25 families and completely destroyed the settlement. In response to attacks by the Delawares and Shawnees, the Pennsylvania Regiments were organized, and Conrad Weiser was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion on May 5, 1756. He resigned his commission in January 1758. This cover is addressed to Lt. Col. Weiser during his period of command. (Image)

E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
2729 c image(Fort Augusta, Pennsylvania Frontier, 1757) Conrad Weiser to Maj. James Burd. Folded cover endorsed "On his Majesties Service" and addressed to "Major James Burd, Commandant att Fort Augusta" with directive "Express by James English", receipt docketing "Conrad Wieser, Easton 13th Oct. Recd 13th Do Answerd 15th Do 1757", bottom panels removed, paper affixed to top panels (over docketing), otherwise Fine, a rare French and Indian War express cover from Conrad Weiser to James Burd at Fort Augusta, according to Wikipedia: "[Burd] was commissioned a Major at Fort Augusta (at present-day Sunbury, Pennsylvania) in 1756, and on December 8, 1756, after the resignation of Lt. Col. William Clapham, he took command of the fort. Under his command the fort's construction was completed, as well as the Provincial Road between the fort and Tulpehocken, the location of Conrad Weiser's homestead (near present-day Reading). In 1758, Burd was promoted to Colonel. He went with General John Forbes on the Duquesne Expedition under Colonel Henry Bouquet, and 360 of the 400-man garrison participated in the Expedition, leaving 40 men at Fort Augusta. During that campaign, Burd contributed to the construction of Fort Ligonier. After the fall of Fort Duquesne, Burd was sent to the Erie area, where he supervised the construction of roads and fortifications, including the erection, with Joseph Shippen, of Fort Burd on the Monongahela River, which served as a depot for river transport to Fort Pitt. He returned to Fort Augusta in 1760, where he remained until the dissolution of the Pennsylvania Regiment." (Image) E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
2730 c image(Fort Augusta, Pennsylvania Frontier, 1757) Joseph Shippen to Maj. James Burd. Folded cover addressed "To Major James Burd, Commandant at Fort Augusta" with directive "P Lee -- Express", receipt docketing "Joseph Shippen, Harris 25th Oct. Recd. 11 Nov. 1757"", reduced panels (top right corner of address panel clipped away), paper affixed to bottom panels (over docketing), otherwise Fine, a rare French and Indian War express cover from Joseph Shippen to James Burd at Fort Augusta (Image) E. 500-750

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
2731 c image(Fort Augusta, Pennsylvania Frontier, 1758) Edward Shippen to Lt. Col. James Burd. Folded cover endorsed "On His Majesties Service" and addressed "To James Burd Esqr. Lieutenant Colo. of the 2d Battallion of the Pensylvania Regiment, Fort Augusta", receipt docketing "Edward Shippen, Lancaster, 7th May 1758", top panels removed, paper affixed to bottom panels, Fine, this cover was sent to Col. Burd a few months before he departed on the July-November 1758 expedition against Fort Duquesne (Image) E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
2732 c image(Fort Augusta, Pennsylvania Frontier, ca. 1758) to Lt. Col. James Burd. Folded cover endorsed "On His Majesty's Service" and addressed "To Lieut. Col. James Burd, Commandant at Fort Augusta, P favr. of Capt. Jameson", top panels removed, no date but ca. 1758 based on Burd's rank as Lt. Col. (Image) E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2733 c image(Pennsylvania Frontier, ca. 1758) to Henry Bouquet. Folded cover endorsed "On his Majesty's Service" and addressed "To Colonel Henry Bouquet, Commanding The Forces at Loyal Hennon" (Fort Ligonier?), top panels removed, toned, pencil note "1758", Bouquet was a Swiss mercenary recruited by the British during the French and Indian War to train and command troops made up largely of German immigrants in Pennsylvania, in 1758 he was made second in command under Brigadier-General John Forbes in the campaign to capture Fort Duquesne and drive the French out of the western frontier (see www.phmc.state.pa.us/ppet/bouquet/page2.asp?secid=31) (Image) E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
2734 c image(Fort Bedford to Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania Frontier, 1760) Lewis Curry to Col. James Burd. Folded cover addressed "To Colo. James Burd, A.D.Q.M.G. at Port Pitt" with "On His Majesty's Service" endorsement and "With a small parcel" notation, receipt docketing "Lewis Curry, Fort Bedford,16th July, Recd 21st do, Answerd 24th do 1760", paper affixed along edge (over docketing) and top panels removed, still Fine and exhibitable, Fort Bedford was built by the British in 1758 during the French and Indian War, it served as the staging area for the successful campaign against Fort Duquesne, James Burd was promoted to Colonel in 1758 and participated in the Duquesne Expedition, at the time this cover was mailed, Burd had finished constructing various roads and fortifications, including Fort Burd on the Monongahela River, which served as a depot for river transport to Fort Pitt, the final battles of the French and Indian War on the North American continent were fought in 1760 (Image) E. 750-1,000

SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction

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