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Free Franks and Related Covers continued...

Presidents of the United States (Adams and Jefferson) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
2895 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "Th. Jefferson" as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to General Henry Dearborne, Secretary of War, "now at New York", brownish-red "Washington City Jul. 9" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, 1807 receipt docketing, slightly worn file fold away from signature

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF JEFFERSON'S PRESIDENTIAL FREE FRANK ON A COVER ADDRESSED BY HIM TO SECRETARY OF WAR HENRY DEARBORN.

Henry Dearborn was appointed Secretary of War in Jefferson's cabinet, serving from 1801 to 1809. He became collector of the port of Boston for three years during Madison's first presidential term, but he left that post to rejoin the U.S. Army as a senior major general during the War of 1812.

At this time Jefferson was corresponding with his Secretary of War about the British blockade of Norfolk and imminent danger of war. A letter from Jefferson, written two days earlier, reflects the sense of danger: "Blows may be hourly possible. In this state of things I am sure your own feelings will anticipate the public judgment, that your presence here cannot be dispensed with. There is nobody here who can supply your knowledge of the resources for land co-operation, & the means for bringing them into activity. Still, I would wish you would stay long enough at N York to settle with the V. P. & Colo. Williams, the plan of defence for that place, & I am in hopes you will also see Fulton's experiments tried, & see how far his means may enter into your plan. But as soon as that is done, should matters remain in their present critical state, I think the public interest and safety would suffer by your absence from us." (source: www.oll.libertyfund.org) (Image)

E. 2,500-3,500

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2896 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-red "Washn. City Dec. 21" circular datestamp with matching "Free" handstamp, neatly docketed "The President 1802", piece out of backflap and tiny tear at top

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SHARPLY-DEFINED JEFFERSON 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 $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2897 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to John Dickinson in Wilmington Del., manuscript "Milton 10th Aug. 1803 Free" postmark, few tiny sealed edge tears at top into postmark but clear of signature

VERY FINE. A BOLD JEFFERSON PRESIDENTIAL FRANKING SIGNATURE ON A COVER WHICH ENTERED THE MAILS AT MILTON, VIRGINIA.

Milton is located on the Rivanna River near Charlottesville and Monticello. Its post office was an entry point for mail from Jefferson's estate. (Image)

E. 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
2898 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, docketed "Received Sepr. 28th 1807", small hole in address panel away from writing, slightly toned file fold

VERY FINE. A BOLD EXAMPLE OF 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. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
2899 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Governor Thomas McKean ("McKain" sic) in Philadelphia, brownish-red "Washn. City Jun. 14" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, 1802 receipt docketing, slightly toned file folds (one thru signature)

FINE. A SHARP AND BOLD JEFFERSON PRESIDENTIAL FREE FRANK.

Thomas McKean, three-term Governor of Pennsylvania, was an ally and supporter of Thomas Jefferson. In 1802 he was a strong supporter of the Democratic-Republicans. A few years later he changed his support to the Federalists. (Image)

E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
2900 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson" as ex-President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Governor Thomas McKean in Philadelphia, "Charle. Va. Apr. 12" Charlottesville Va. circular datestamp, 1824 receipt docketing, reinforced along folds and repaired tear well clear of signature

A FINE EXAMPLE OF JEFFERSON'S FRANKING SIGNATURE FROM THE SAGE OF MONTICELLO'S TWILIGHT YEARS.

One year after Jefferson franked this cover to his friend and political ally, Thomas McKean, the former president realized one of his great achievements with the opening of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1825. He died on July 4, 1826. (Image)

E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $3,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
2901 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Robert Patterson, director of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, brownish "Washington City Oct. 17" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, 1806 receipt docketing noting contents "on advance of salary to A.E. and on small coins", dark toning along file fold thru signature, still Fine and presentable, an interesting association between Jefferson and American numismatics (Image) E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
2902 c imageThomas Jefferson. Free frank "free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President on mostly complete folded cover addressed in his hand to Dr. George Logan, brownish-red "Washn. City Dec. 28" circular datestamp and matching "Free", "Dec. 1808" notation, slightly toned, bottom panel removed, otherwise Fine, bold franking signature (Image) E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $4,750.00
Will close during Public Auction

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