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Free Franks and Related Covers continued...

Presidents of the United States (Adams and Jefferson)
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2884 c imageJohn Adam. Free frank as ex-President "J. Adams" and "Free" on folded cover addressed in his shaky hand to Thomas McKean as "late Governor", "Quincy Ms. Sept. 1" manuscript postmark, 1813 receipt docketing

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF JOHN ADAMS'S FREE FRANK AS EX-PRESIDENT TO FELLOW SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, THOMAS McKEAN.

Thomas McKean retired as Governor of Pennsylvania in 1812. This cover from one Founding Father to another was sent a year after McKean's retirement. (Image)

E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
2885 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Dr. Benjamin S. Barton in Philadelphia, clearly struck red "Washn. City Jun. 20" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, arithmetic notation in Jefferson's hand, clean file fold at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT COVER WITH THOMAS JEFFERSON'S PRESIDENTIAL FREE FRANK.

Benjamin Smith Barton (1766-1815) was trained as a physician, but is better known as the first professional naturalist in the U.S. He authored the first textbook on botany written in the U.S. (Image)

E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
2886 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Dr. Benjamin S. Barton in Philadelphia, absolutely perfect strike of brownish-red "Washington City Dec. 22" circular datestamp with ornament, manuscript "Free", lightly toned file fold, reinforced opening slit on backflap

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE THOMAS JEFFERSON FREE FRANK AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

This is the most desirable form of Jefferson's free frank, because it includes the executive office designation. It is scarce in this exceptional condition. (Image)

E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2887 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Dr. Benjamin S. Barton in Philadelphia, perfect bold strike of wine-red "Washington City Nov. 21" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, docketed "Received November 23d 1805", slightly toned file fold at bottom

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE JEFFERSON PRESIDENTIAL FREE-FRANKED COVERS EXTANT.

Benjamin Smith Barton (1766-1815) was trained as a physician, but is better known as the first professional naturalist in the U.S. He authored the first textbook on botany written in the U.S. (Image)

E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $8,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2888 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Dr. Benjamin S. Barton in Philadelphia, clear strike of brownish "Washn. City Dec. 27" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, docketed "Received December 30th, 1803, Answered", tiny hole and slightly toned file fold at bottom

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COVER WITH JEFFERSON'S SHARPLY-DEFINED PRESIDENTIAL FRANKING SIGNATURE.

Benjamin Smith Barton (1766-1815) was trained as a physician, but is better known as the first professional naturalist in the U.S. He authored the first textbook on botany written in the U.S. (Image)

E. 2,500-3,500

SOLD for $8,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2889 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Dr. Benjamin S. Barton in Philadelphia, bold strike of wine-red "Washington City Jan. 11" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, slightly toned (a bit darker along file fold at bottom)

VERY FINE. EXCEPTIONALLY BOLD JEFFERSON PRESIDENTIAL FRANKING SIGNATURE AND WASHINGTON D.C. POSTAL MARKINGS.

Benjamin Smith Barton (1766-1815) was trained as a physician, but is better known as the first professional naturalist in the U.S. He authored the first textbook on botany written in the U.S. (Image)

E. 2,500-3,500

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
2890 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to James Pemberton in Philadelphia, brownish "Washington City Jun. 21" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, 1808 receipt docketing, sharp folds clear of signature

VERY FINE. AN IMMACULATELY PRESERVED COVER BEARING THOMAS JEFFERSON'S PRESIDENTIAL FRANKING SIGNATURE.

James Pemberton was a member of the prominent Philadelphia Quaker family and active in business and political circles. (Image)

E. 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
2891 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Col. Lewis Tousard in Philadelphia, wine-red "Washn. City Jul. 1" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, paper watermarked "1801", skillfully reinforced along worn folds and short sealed tear at bottom

A FINE COVER FRANKED AND ADDRESSED BY PRESIDENT JEFFERSON TO THE FRENCH MILITARY SCHOLAR, LOUIS DE TOUSARD.

Louis ("Lewis") de Tousard served under Lafayette in the Revolutionary War and later became a well-respected teacher of military principals. Tousard's American Artillerist's Companion, published in 1808, was a standard training manual, and his ideas for a military school helped shape the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which was established in 1802. Jefferson was fascinated by the concept of mass production and use of interchangeable parts in weaponry, an idea promoted by Lieutenant-Colonel Tousard. (Image)

E. 2,500-3,500

SOLD for $6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2892 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Dr. Benjamin S. Barton in Philadelphia, clearly struck red "Washn. City Jun. 15" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, docketed "Received June 15th 1805", slightly toned (a bit darker along file fold at bottom)

VERY FINE. A MOST ATTRACTIVE COVER WITH BOLD JEFFERSON PRESIDENTIAL FREE FRANK.

Benjamin Smith Barton (1766-1815) was trained as a physician, but is better known as the first professional naturalist in the U.S. He authored the first textbook on botany written in the U.S. (Image)

E. 2,500-3,500

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
2893 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson" as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to John Dickinson in Wilmington Del. clear strike of brownish "Wash. City Jun. 22" circular datestamp with matching "Free" handstamp, neatly docketed, expertly silked

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON'S PRESIDENTIAL FREE FRANK.

John Dickinson (1732-1808) was a militia officer during the Revolution War, a delegate to the Continental Congressman and Constitutional Convention of 1787, President of Delaware, and President of Pennsylvania. Among the wealthiest men in the colonies, he was known as the "Penman of the Revolution," for his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, where he argued the cause of American liberty. Although refusing to vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence, he supported the establishment of the new government during the American Revolution and afterward in many official capacities. (Image)

E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2894 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson" as newly-elected President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Governor Thomas McKean in Philadelphia, wine-red "Wash. City Jul. 27" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, 1801 receipt docketing, slightly toned file folds (one thru signature)

FINE. A BOLD JEFFERSON FRANKING SIGNATURE APPLIED DURING THE FIRST MONTHS OF HIS PRESIDENCY.

Jefferson's presidential franks usually include the title "Pr. U.S." after his name. It is unclear to us why some have the title, and others do not. (Image)

E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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