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Autographs and Ephemera
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Free Franks
2019-03-11
United States Postal History including The Angel Collection
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 501, Presidential Free Franks & Other DocumentsGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "G Washington" as ex-President on folded cover addressed in the hand of his secretary, Tobias Lear, to "Miss Frances D. Henley, Pinegrove, near Williamsburg", neat "Alex. 18 June" manuscript postmark and "Free", minor edgewear

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.

E. 4,000-5,000
7,500
Autographs and Ephemera
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Free Franks
2017-06-27
2017 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 2, Autographs and Free FranksGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "G Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army on 1777 folded cover addressed in another hand to Brigadier General Forman in Monmouth N.J., additional "Public Service" at top right, overall toning and expertly silked

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
6,500
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Autographs and Ephemera
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Free Franks
2017-06-27
2017 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 3, Autographs and Free FranksGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "President U.S." as President on 1793 folded letter in another hand to "Mr. Archibald Robertson, New York", bold brown "26/AP" Franklin mark and matching "FREE" handstamp, including original enclosure datelined "Philadelphia, April 26th, 1793", written and signed by Tobias Lear (President Washington's personal secretary) regarding an inquiry made to the President, cover with slight splits along folds and trivial light toned marks

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.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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Free Franks
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
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Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 1962, Presidents Signatures and Free FranksGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "G Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army on folded cover addressed in another hand to "Brigadier General Irvine, Fort Pitt", no date (ca. 1782), neatly reinforced along folds

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).

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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Autographs and Ephemera
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Free Franks
2009-06-13
2009 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 973, Lot Number 1, Autographs, Free Franks and Stampless CoversGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "Free G. Washington" as private citizen on folded cover addressed in his hand to Col. Clement Biddle in Philadelphia, no date (ca. 1786 from Mount Vernon), repaired and some stains

A BOLD FREE FRANK OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, ADDRESSED IN HIS HAND TO COLONEL BIDDLE.

Ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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Autographs and Ephemera
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Free Franks
2008-04-10
U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3001, Free Franks and AutographsGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "President U.S." as President on large-size folded cover to "Messrs. David Hodges, Benjamin Hunting, Abraham Miller, Jared London, David Warner, Nicoll Floyd and John Howard, Suffolk County, New-York", brownish "8/SE" (Sep. 8) Franklin mark and "Free" handstamp, slightly toned, some wear along folds, otherwise Fine, accompanied by typed transcript of the 1795 letter which was originally sent with this cover, regarding the treaty between the U.S. and Great Britain

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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Autographs and Ephemera
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Free Franks
2007-10-24
Postal History from The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Sale Number 944, Lot Number 2852, Free Franks - Presidents of the United States (George Washington)George Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "G Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army on folded cover addressed in another hand to "The Honble. Brigadr. Genl. Wayne at Tyconderoga" with "On public service" endorsement, receipt docketing "12th April 1777, Genl. Washington" and an additional notation "Recal from Tyconderoga", folds reinforced with paper, file fold slightly affect first letter of signature, couple other small erosion spots

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.

E. 4,000-5,000
16,500
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Autographs and Ephemera
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Free Franks
2007-10-24
Postal History from The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Sale Number 944, Lot Number 2853, Free Franks - Presidents of the United States (George Washington)George Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "G Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army on folded cover addressed in another hand "To Brig. Genl. Wayne [?] near Peekskill" with "On public service" endorsement, receipt docketing "28th Novr. 1778 Genl. Washington", some grime, the signature and writing are clear

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
6,500
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Autographs and Ephemera
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Free Franks
2007-10-24
Postal History from The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Sale Number 944, Lot Number 2854, Free Franks - Presidents of the United States (George Washington)George Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "G Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army on folded cover addressed in another hand to "Brigr. Genl. Wayne at Fort Montgomery" with "Public service" endorsement, receipt docketing "5th July 1779 from Genl. Washington", silked to reinforce wear along folds and minor repairs to back panels and edges, the signature is bold and completely sound

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,750
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Free Franks
2007-10-24
Postal History from The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Sale Number 944, Lot Number 2855, Free Franks - Presidents of the United States (George Washington)George Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "G Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army on folded cover addressed in another hand "To Brigr. General Wayne, commanding Light Infantry" with "On public service" endorsement, receipt docketing "5th Novr. 1779 from Genl. Washington", folded reinforced with paper, some faint stains and file fold slightly affect last letters of signature

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.

E. 4,000-5,000
7,000
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