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United States Postal History continued...

Stampless Covers - Free Franks continued...
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
3319 imageJohn Jay (1745-1829; American statesman) autograph free frank "John Jay" on legal size folded cover to the Governor of Georgia (Samuel Elbert), neat "N. York. June. 15" straight-line handstamp with matching "FREE", 1785 docketing, some water staining and edge wear, otherwise Fine and scarcernAmong his many significant contributions to the country's founding, he was President of the Continental Congress (1778-79), delegate from New York (1774-77, 1778-79), signatory of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, the second governor of New York, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Secretary of State under Washington and the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He was also one of the authors of the seminal "Federalist Papers". (Image 1) (Image 2)

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550

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:09 PM
3320 imageAmos Kendall (1789-1869; American lawyer, journalist and politician), frank "A. Kendall" with additional "4th Aud. Office" on a folded letter addressed in his hand to "J Cowperthwaite 2d Cashier U.S. Bank Philadelphia Pa.", "City of Washington Jul 13" cds and "Free" handstamp, Very FinernKendall graduated at the head of his class from Dartmouth College in 1811, was a tutor, journalist and personal friend of President Andrew Jackson. Following Jackson's election in 1829, he went to Washington, D.C., became fourth Auditor of the Treasury and was the President's intimate adviser. He proved an able administrator and became Postmaster General in 1834, holding office until 1840. As Jackson's assistant, he wrote most of the President's annual addresses and produced much of the newspaper material that appeared throughout the country to build support for Jackson's programs. In addition, he was a strong supporter of education and he helped found Gallaudet University for the deaf in Washington D.C. in 1857.rnwould be useful to know the date and if this is a folded letter or just the letter sheet (Image 1) (Image 2)

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50

SOLD for $50.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:10 PM
3321 imageRufus King (1755-1827; Signer of the Constitution), 1786 folded letter franked "Free R. King", additional black "Free" handstamp and "N-York Dec 6." straight-line date stamp, addressed to Samuel Holten in Danvers, MA (Holten also served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and later as a US congressman), Very Fine and attractivernHailing from Massachusetts, Rufus King's long political career included serving as a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress, a US Senator from 1789-96 and 1813-25, US Minister to the United Kingdom from 1796-1803 and 1825-26, two-time Federalist Party Vice Presidential nominee (1804 and 1808), and Federalist Party Presidential nominee (1816). Additionally, King was one of two signers of the US Constitution from the state of Massachusetts.rn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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300

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:10 PM
3322 imageJohn Laurence (1750-1810; US Politician), "Free John Laurence" frank, folded cover addressed to Nicholas Law, New York, "Free" handstamp and Philadelphia "JU 6" Franklin mark, Very FinernJohn Laurence was important, if lesser known, figure in the founding of the US. He began his career as a military officer serving for the Continental Army first as a lieutenant in the 4th New York Regiment and then as Captain and Paymaster in the 1st New York Regiment. He was later appointed Judge Advocate General where, among his many important cases, he handled the Charles Lee insubordination and Benedict Arnold's corruption cases. After the war, Laurence had a career in the legislative and legal arena, serving in 6th,7th, and 8th Continental Congresses. He was elected to the first US Congress in 1789 as a Federalist from New York's 2nd district. He became a Federalist US Senator in 1796 where and became President Pro Tempore in the US Fifth Senate. He would resign from his position in the Senate in 1800. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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120

SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:10 PM
3323 imageBenjamin Lincoln (1733-1810; American General, 1st Secretary of War), free frank "B. Lincoln" as Secretary of War, endorsed "Public Service" at top of folded cover addressed to "Brigadier General McIntosh" in Savannah Ga., "FREE" straight-line handstamp, docketed "Gen. Lincoln, 6 Nov. 1783" at right, cover silked with some tears along folds, minor stain, still Fine and rare; ex-Dr. RobertsonrnGeneral Lincoln was involved with three of the Revolutionary War's significanr surrenders - at Saratoga with the surrender of Burgoyne, he oversaw the largest American surrender of the war at the 1780 Siege of Charleston, and, as George Washington's second in command, he formally accepted the British surrender of Cornwallis (that's him accepting Cornwallis' sword in Trumbull's famous painting) at Yorktown.rnThe addressee, Lachlan McIntosh, was a Revolutionary War political and military leader. In 1777 he shot and killed Declaration of Independence signer Button Gwinnett in a duel. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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1,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:11 PM
3324 imageJohn M. Niles (1787-1856; US Senator, Postmaster General), free frank "free J. M. Niles" signature in blue on folded cover to New London Ct.; light red "Washington City DC Dec 28" cds and "FREE" handstamp, light edge wear, Very Fine, ex-Richard GrahamrnJohn Niles was appointed US Postmaster General by President Van Buren in 1840 and served until the end of the administration in 1841. As Postmaster General he ended delivery of mail on Sunday. He returned to the US Senate (he first served 1835-39) as a class three senator in 1844. He was actually elected in 1842 and was to start in 1843, but ill health and a credentials challenge kept him out until the next year. As a Senator, in 1845, he cast the deciding vote admitting Texas to the Union as a slave state, though he was against slavery. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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50

SOLD for $80.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:12 PM
3325 imageTimothy Pickering (1745-1829; US Politician) free frank, "Tim Pickering QMG", folded cover letter written in hand as Quartermaster General and addressed to David Wolfe, New York, black "29 MR" Philidelphia Franklin Stamp, "Free" handstamp, endorsed as "Public Service", some llight toning but still Very FinernA Federalist politician, Timothy Pickering was appointed to several federal positions by President George Washington, most notably Postmaster General, Secretary of War, and Secretary of State. He later served in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. in the pre-Revolutionary period, he, being interested in military strategy, eventually became colonel of the Essex County militia in 1775. A year later, he published "An Easy Plan of Discipline for the Militia", a manual for colonial militia and Continental Army officers employed to train new recruits. During the War of Independence, Pickering primarily played an administrative role. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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120

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:13 PM
3326 imageBenjamin Rush (1745-1813; American "Founding Father" and Signer of the Declaration of Independence), autograph letter datelined June 3, 1768 and originating in Edinburgh Scotland (where Rush studied medicine), to Thomas Bradford in Philadelphia and signed "your affectionate friend & humble servant Benjamin Rush", red "JU/4" and "8/IV" Bishop's marks, manuscript "Inall 1N6" for shilling packet rate and 6p internal postage, "7/SE" Franklin mark and "New/York" two-line arrival handstamp, letter is silked on all sides due to splits throughout though the signature is clear, appears FinernRush was delegate to the 1776 Continental Congress from Pennsylvania and one of the foremost physicians of his time. Dr. Rush, often called -½The Father of American Psychiatry,-+ wrote the first systematic textbook on mental diseases in America entitled, "Medical Inquiries and Observations upon Diseases of the Mind", published in Philadelphia in 1812. The book went into five editions through 1835 and served as the major such textbook for almost 50 years. He also served as a surgeon in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and later was Treasurer of the U.S. Mint (1799-1813). (Image 1) (Image 2)

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150

SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:14 PM
3327 imageWilliam Sherman (1820-91; US General), free frank "W.T. Sherman General" as Officer on an official imprint military cover titled, "Headquarters Army of the United States Official Business", addressed to "Mrs. Captain O.E. Michealis Ordinance Department, Watertown Arsenal, Boston, Mass", black "Washington D.C. Free Oct 9" cds, minute tears at the top of the cover, still Very FinernGeneral Sherman was a military general and commander primarily known for his leadership in the Civil War. He entered the Civil War as a volunteer in the Battle of Bull Run and was then moved to the Western Theater where he developed a relationship with General Grant. He fought in many of the battles of the Western Theater with Grant and rose up the ranks to become second in command. In 1864 he became the commander of the Western Theater replacing Grant. He led the Union to capture the city of Atlanta and then used his "scorched earth" tactic to destroy Georgia and the Carolinas to end the war. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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150

SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:14 PM
3328 imageAlexander H. Stephens (1812-83; American politician, Vice President of the Confederate States, Gov of Georgia), frank "Free A.H. Stephens M.C." as member of the Georgia Congressional delegation on folded letter addressed in his hand to "John L Stephens Esq Hamilton Ga", lightly struck "Washington City DC Dec 13" cds and "Free" handstamp, some light even aging but a Fine cover with a bold signaturernwould be useful to know the daternAlexander Stephens, a career politician, served in both houses of the Georgia legislature before winning a seat in the US House of Representatives in 1843. At the outset of the Civil War Stephens was elected to the Confederate Congress and was chosen as the vice president of the Confederate States of America. Outwardly critical of President Jefferson Davis throughout his tenure in the Confederate high command, Stephens was arrested and imprisoned after the war-+s end. He was reelected to Congress in 1873 and served as governor of Georgia starting in 1882, dying in office the following year. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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50

SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:15 PM
3329 imageJeremiah Wadsworth (1743-1804; US Sea Captain, Merchant and Statesman), frank "Free J Wadsworth" as a Continental Congress delegate on a folded letter addressed in his hand to "John Chaloner/ Merchant/ Philadelphia", faint -½N. YORK JUL. 27-+ straight-line and -½FREE-+ handstamps, receipt docketing -½New York 27 July 1788 Jere Wadsworth-+, aging along a file fold just affecting a portion of the signature, still Very FinernJeremiah Wadsworth was from Hartford, Connecticut who profited from his position as a government official charged with supplying the Continental Army. He represented Connecticut in the Continental Congress (1788), was a member of the Connecticut convention which ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1788, and from 1789-95 he served three terms in the US House of Representatives. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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600

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:16 PM
3330 imageFrederick Watts (1801-89, Commissioner of Agriculture), free frank, "Frederick Watts Commissioner", cover letter on official Department of Agriculture letter head, addressed to S. Modie, Chesterville, Morrow County, Ohio, black "Washington D.C. Free, JUL, 6", some trivial light toning, Very FinernFrom the 1820s/50s Watts was a prominent lawyer and judge in Pennsylvania. Despite his many contributions to the legal profession in both Cumberland County and the State of Pennsylvania Watts is most known for his role as the -½Father of Penn State". In 1871 Watts took the position of Commissioner of Agriculture in the Grant Administration. Serving until 1877, he took efforts to strengthen ties between agricultural institutions as well as expending the role of the Agricultural department (Image 1) (Image 2)

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SOLD for $95.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:17 PM
3331 imageDaniel Webster (1782-1852; US Politician) free frank, "Daniel Webster, U.S. Senate", folded cover addressed to Daniel Fletcher Webster, LaSalle, Illinois, red " Paid Ship Letter London" date stamp with a "f" over it showing it was free in top right corner, arc red "Foreign Paid" stamp above a Paris double circle date stamp, red "New-York Ship Nov 24" cds bottom left corner, red "G Paid NO 1839" date stamp, instructions for route "for B. Queen, via London", different rate markings across the cover, small blemishes on the cover, still Very FinernDaniel Webster was a prominent politician in the early 19th century and was affiliated with the Federalist Party and the Whig Party. He served in both houses of congress and supported a national bank, successfully deterred the southern states nullification proposal, and made sure that Northern representatives followed with the Compromise of 1850 even with the Fugitive Slave Act in the legislation. He was also a well-known constitutional lawyer. He fought and won many different cases in front of the Supreme Court. The addressee was his son who normally went by Fletcher Webster. Fletcher Webster served as the Chief of the United States State Department when his father was the Secretary of State. He served in the Civil War as a colonel of the 12th Massachusetts volunteer infantry. He would go on to suffer a injury in the Battle of Bull Run which would take his life. rn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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800

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:18 PM
3332 imageDaniel Webster (1782-1852; US Politician) free frank, "Daniel Webster", two covers addressed in his hand to the Department of State, Washington, both have red cds stating "Boston, Mass" with a "Free" straight-lines separate, in the cover with the cds dated on September 4th on the top left corner it states "Express to Boston P.O.", both have minor nicks in the back flap where the seal is, both are Very FinernIn the early 19th century, Daniel Webster was seen as a great politician and lawyer. Daniel Webster was known to be aligned with the Federalist party being critical of Jefferson and Madison. He first served as a congressman in the House of Representatives from 1813-1817 representing New Hampshire. However, he voted down the Second National Bank Bill in his first term because he believed that the bank should remove all banknotes issued by chartered state banks. After serving his first term as a congressman he would return to run again in 1823-1827 as a representative of Massachusetts. In this term he would throw his support behind John Quincy Adams in the contingent election of 1824 instead of Andrew Jackson as he saw him unfit to serve. He spent a long period of time representing Massachusetts in the Senate with his first stint lasting from 1827-1841 and his second stint lasting from 1845-1850. During this period, he would be involved in leading the charge against state nullification, being an advocate of a national bank, enforcing the Compromise of 1850and the formation of the Whig Party. Webster also led a successful career as a lawyer arguing 223 cases and winning around half of them. (Image 1)

100

SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:19 PM
3333 imageDaniel Webster (1782-1852, US Politician) free frank as U.S. Senator "Danl. Webster U.S. Senate" on c.1845/48 cover to addressed in his hand General Lyman in New York, red "Washington D.C. Free Aug. 2" cds, a virtually intact red wax seal on back, Very Fine (Image 1) (Image 2)

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75

SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:19 PM
3334 imageDaniel Webster (US Politician, 1782-1852) free frank "Dan'l Webster" with manuscript "Marshfield Ms, July 30th" cancel and "free" partially over the Webster signature, addressed to Franklin, NH, Very Fine signature, few known with Marshfield manuscript cancelrnIn 1831, Webster purchased a 150-acre estate (now known as the Thomas-Webster Estate) in Marshfield, Mass. In the ensuing years, Webster spent much of his earnings making various improvements to his estate, and he made it his primary residence in 1837. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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50

SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:20 PM
3335 imageWar of 1812 Military District Free Frank (1812-1815) free frank, " Publick Service, Simon Bruton Col., 2nd Regt. detachd M.N. 6", folded cover addressed to Major Genral Calvin Jones, Raleigh, North Carolina, horizontal file fold towards the bottom has minor tears, still Fine; the fre franking privilege was enjoined by the recipient as the franking privilege was granted to certain department heads in the ten established military districts; the "M.N. 6" ("Military Area No. 6") refers to the district including Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina; ex-Dr. Robertson (Image 1) (Image 2)

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75

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:21 PM
3336 imageGÇ£Free E. S. Zevely PM,GÇ¥ free frank on elaborate red corner card cover for his engraving, designs and stamps, addressed to his unmarried sister Sophia in Salem N.C. (probably the person who wrote "Nov. 23" at top left), Very Fine, a beautiful illustrated cover from the premier 19th Century manufacturer of postal markingsrnDr. James Milgram's article in Chronicle 210 (May 2006) mentions this cover (pp. 112-113): "Zevely also created a wood-engraved comer card for himself. This doubled as a postmark and can thus be considered as one of the few printed postmarks of the stampless period...An example without postmarks, but franked by Zevely, bears manuscript 'Nov 23' dating, maybe by the recipient, his sister..." (Image 1) (Image 2)

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400

SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:21 PM
1847 Issue Covers
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
3337 image2, 1847 10c Black, position 22R, four large margins, top and left framelines recut, bottom right corner showing framelines not joined, blackish blue grid ties, matching "Louisville Ky Jun 23 10" integral cds, used on folded lettersheet to New York, Extremely Fine and attractive in every respect, 2012 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $1,000) (Image 1) (Image 2)

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750

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:21 PM
1861-67 Issue Covers
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
3338 image65, 1861 3c Rose, tied on cover with all-over Notre Dame University illustrated ad in grey, "Sacred Heart" emblem on backflap, Cairo Ill cds/ target duplex ties stamp, Very Fine and rare (Image 1) (Image 2)

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75

SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-15, 12:22 PM

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