VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FREE FRANK.
This cover is addressed to Martha Washington's niece, who was Tobias Lear's third wife. His first wife died of yellow fever in 1793, his second of tuberculosis in 1796. He married Frances Henley in 1803, four years after Washington's death and just after his appointment by President Jefferson to the post of Consul General of the North African Coast, where he negotiated the end of the First Barbary War.
FINE APPEARANCE. A WONDERFULLY BOLD FRANKING SIGNATURE BY GEORGE WASHINGTON AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY TO BRIGADIER-GENERAL FORMAN IN MONMOUTH.
While this cover shows no specific date, we deduce it was sent in 1777 as David Forman was promoted to the title of Brigadier General in March 1777, only to resign his duties in November 1777 due to political troubles. Forman was known for his participation in the Battles of Germantown in October 1777 and Monmouth in June 1778.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S "PRESIDENT U.S." FREE FRANK WITH ORIGINAL ENCLOSURE WRITTEN BY TOBIAS LEAR.
Archibald Robertson (1765-1835) was a Scottish-born painter who was known for his watercolor landscape paintings and engravings. He was commissioned by George and Martha Washington for a painting shortly after arriving to the United States from Scotland.
VERY FINE. A WONDERFULLY BOLD FRANKING SIGNATURE BY GEORGE WASHINGTON AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY TO BRIGADIER-GENERAL WILLIAM IRVINE AT FORT PITT.
William Irvine was promoted to Brigadier-General on May 12, 1779. On March 8, 1782, upon Washington's recommendation, Irvine was given command of Fort Pitt until the end of the war.
From the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Archives (deacccession).
A BOLD FREE FRANK OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, ADDRESSED IN HIS HAND TO COLONEL BIDDLE.
Ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
A FINE AND RARE WASHINGTON FREE FRANK AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY TO "MAD" ANTHONY WAYNE AT TICONDEROGA IN APRIL 1777.
According to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website: "In the spring of 1776 Wayne and his battalion went with the Pennsylvania brigade to reinforce the Canadian expedition, through which Congress had hoped to gain another colony for the American cause. By his personal bravery and leadership Wayne held his troops together to cover the retreat of the American army after the defeat at Three Rivers on the St. Lawrence. Congress abandoned the effort to win Canada, and Wayne was placed in command of Fort Ticonderoga. Here he had for the first time the thankless task of maintaining discipline among troops from various states who were disinclined to follow the orders of a Pennsylvania commander. Commanding Fort Ticonderoga was not as enjoyable as his childhood game of fighting for it. In February, 1777, he was made a brigadier general, and in April he left Ticonderoga to join Washington at Morristown, New Jersey, and take command of the Pennsylvania Line." (www.phmc.state.pa.us/ppet/wayne/page2.asp?secid=31). The cover offered here contained Washington's orders to depart Fort Ticonderoga and return to Pennsylvania.
A FINE COVER FRANKED AND SENT BY GEORGE WASHINGTON AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY TO "MAD" ANTHONY WAYNE IN NOVEMBER 1778.
In November-December 1778, Washington moved his army to the second Middlebrook encampment. Brigadier-General Wayne was marching to King's Ferry at the time this cover was sent from Washington's camp.
FINE APPEARANCE. FRANKED BY COMMANDING GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON AND SENT TO "MAD" ANTHONY WAYNE IN JULY 1779 JUST TEN DAYS BEFORE HIS LEGENDARY EXPLOITS AT STONY POINT.
On July 15, 1779, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne led a nighttime assault on the British fort at Stony Point on the Hudson River. The Americans took the fort, which gave an important boost to morale at a low point in the war. Congress awarded him a medal for the victory, and in November 1779 the North Carolina General Assembly honored Brigadier-General Wayne with a county in his name.
VERY FINE. A RARE GEORGE WASHINGTON FREE FRANK SENT AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY TO "MAD" ANTHONY WAYNE IN NOVEMBER 1779.
In November 1779 Washington's army set up camp at Morristown N.J. and braced themselves for an unusually severe winter. The shortage of supplies, including blankets, prompted Washington to inform Congress, "Nothing can be more injurious or discouraging, than our having only four thousand nine hundred Blankets to distribute to the whole Army, and so many other Articles in but little better proportion." (www.revwar75.com/library/rees/blanketts.htm).
At this time, "Mad" Anthony Wayne was enjoying widespread popularity after his July 1779 victory at Stony Point. In November 1779 the North Carolina General Assembly honored Brigadier-General Wayne with a county in his name.