Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Colonial and Revolutionary War

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
89
 
[Stamp Act]. ALS, 2pp, datelined "St. James Dec. 15, 1765," from William Seymour Conway, Aide de camp to King George III to Cadwalleder Colden, Royal Lt. Governor of New York, expresssing the unhappiness of His Majesty at the recent failures of Colden to uphold the Stamp Act: "His Majesty was extremely sensitive of the delicacy & difficulty of your situation & very willing to make every possible allowance & to suppose it owing more to necessity than want of firmness in you that the unjustifiable demands of the people met with so much compliance. The unanimous advice of the council & the concurrent opinion of the commander in chief of His Majesty's forces are a stronger justification of your surendering the stamps to the majistrates than any assessment that suggests itself at this distance, but there is one circumstance in your conduct which neither His Majesty nor his servants can at all approve which is that you should upon any protestation have been induced to a declaration & promise of taking no step till Sir Henry Moore should arrive. It is not comprehended upon what principle you could take upon you thus to suspend the power of government till the arrival of the Governor - the power & authority of government was certainly fully & completely in your hands...You had no right to do & considering too that in the council of the 31st Oct. you had solemnly engaged to do your utmost for the observation of the act. It will require very strong reasons indeed to justify your engaging yourself within a few days after to do nothing toward the execution of that same act when a change of circumstances might make it practicable." etc. On Oct. 7, the Stamp Act Congress, made up of 28 delegates from nine colonies, met in New York. On Nov. 1, demonstrators had torched Colden's coach along with images of the governor and Satan, in addition to threatening to hang him from the nearest sign post. The next day the Lt. Governor had turned over the stamps to the New York common council; Very Fine, an important Revolutionary War related document

E. 500-600
0
90°
c
Sale 779, Lot 90, Colonial and Revolutionary WarGeorge Washington. Free frank as general, on folded cover to Rhode Island Governor Nicholas Cooke, reverse with straightline "PHILA. AUGUST 5" on back, 1777 docketing, small internally sealed tears, partly with recent scotch tape and partly with archival tape - neither affecting signature which is bold and Fine

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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91
 
Oliver Ellsworth. DS ("O. Ellsworth"), signature on army pay order dated June 21, 1776, Fine

E. 150-200
0
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92
 
Patrick Henry. Signature ("P. Henry") as governor of Virginia, on 1782 vellum land grant, with intact seal, slight wear, toning along central fold, otherwise Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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93
 
Jedediah Huntington. Major General, signed "Huntington" as auditor on 1783 partially printed pay order issued by the Conn. Pay-Table Office, Fine

E. 100-150
50
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94
 
Joshua Huntington. ALS, 1 page, dated May 14, 1771, at Norwich, to his father Jabez Huntington, reporting the latest news including the illness of his brother Jedediah, with outer lettersheet indicating this was hand-carried to Hartford, Fine

E. 100-150
50
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95
 
William Moultrie. ALS ("Moultrie") 1-1/2pp, dated May 28, 1792 at Charleston, as Governor of South Carolina, to a General Gist, mentions "The Mississippi will very soon be open,", signature very slightly affected by ink on first page showing through, with outer address sheet (hand-carried) with small tear, Fine

E. 250-350
375
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96
 
Timothy Pickering. AD, 4 x 8 in., dated April 23, 1783, signed in text of a rceipt for provisions, "Tim: Pickering" as Quartermaster General, Fine

E. 100-150
50
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97
 
John Ross. Merchant appointed by the committee of commerce of congress to purchase clothing & arms; friend of Washington and Ben Franklin. LS, 2pp, dated May 30, 1780 from the port of L'Orient, to Messrs. John Brown & Co. of Philadelphia, noting that "the amount of this invoice exceeds you remittance," a not infrequent problem for Ross, as noted in Appelton's entry: "he advance or pledged his credit for £20,000 more than he was supplied with by congress, much to his embarrassment and subsequent loss." With integral address leaf (hand-carried from France) and part-printed invoice, Very Fine

E. 100-150
230
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98
 
Comfort Sage. Revolutionary War colonel, ALS, 1 page, datelined Middletown Nov. 10th 1781, with integral address leaf (to Springfield, hand-carried), Fine

E. 100-150
110
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99
 
Sale 779, Lot 99, Colonial and Revolutionary WarJohn Sevier. Indian fighter, Revolutionary War figure, DS, as Governor of Tennessee, on 1808 land grant, some toned spots and tiny separations at folds, neither affecting signature, Fine and scarce

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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100
c
"Albany November 16th 1782." Heading on folded letter from Gescard Bancher to the State Auditor at Wallkill, refers to accounts & vouchers left at Poughkeepsie and the "irregular Manner we were formerly obliged to do business, in shifting from place to place," etc., outersheet with with ms. "1/4" and "2.6" and "Recv'd the above postage of I. Roosa" with "Jn.[?] Albny", some separations archivally sealed, otherwise neat and Fine

E. 150-200
230
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101
 
[Revolutionary War]. ALS of W. Scull, probably Continental Army Captain William Scull, Dec. 9, 1776, to Owen Biddle, prominent Philadelphian, soliciting his support for Robert McBride to get a Continental Army commission, with outer address leaf (hand-carried), Fine

E. 200-250
140
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102
 
[Revolutionary War]. ALS, 1 page, from John Pownall, head of the Colonial Board of Trade, at Whitehall, to Cadwalleder Colden, Feb. 3, 1775, shortly before fighting began at Lexington and Concord: "I avail myself of an express sent by Capt. Williamson to Talmount in hopes of overtaking the N. York Mail to send you the enclosed minute of the proceedings in a committee of the House of Commons yesterday upon American Affairs: for I am persuaded it will be a satisfaction to every friend to the Constitution to see the very great support that has been given to the Measures adopted for maintaining the authority of the Supreme Legislature and for inviting at the same time such propositions from Ameria as may lead to peace and accomodation which I firmly believe is the sincere and ardent desire of every English man. This address moved for and passed yesterday will be followed by another motion for a Bill to prohibit for a limited time all Trade and commerce between the New England Government and foreign ports - and cutting them off from the fishery - the Execution of that measure will be supported by a naval force." etc. Pownall adds P.S. that a dispatch for General Gage being sent with this letter is to be forwarded to him "by some safe & speedy conveyance." Very Fine

E. 150-200
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103
 
Letters to Cadwallader Colden. 11, 1717-1775, includes letter from Daniel Horsemanden, Lord Chief Justice of the Colony of N.Y.; 1746 letter from a Richard Nicoll, which notes "it was expected at home that Crown Point wd. be reduced by our troops so that the way be open to Montreal when the fleet & forces came over,"; 1757 letter discussing recent Indian raids & steps being taken for protection of colonists; 1763 letter shortly before the Treaty of Paris: "Let them look on the map & rejoice at a peace that has added such a length & breadth to our long narrow strip of colonies...In the next map we shall make so respectalbe a figure. We need not be ashamed of our conquests. Now our brave Brittons may extend their arms their industry on every side wtihout fear." etc.; Fine-Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
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104
 
[Revolutionary War]. Three pieces, includes two 1776 authorizations to pay Post Riders for services in delivering mail, 1st dated Feb. 22nd, signed on back the Post rider Elijah Bennett, 2nd dated Dec. 10, 1776, for "carrying an Express from Govr. Trumbull to Govr. Cook in Providence" and signed on back by the Post Rider, Samuel Kennedy, also 1777 legal notice from Rehoboth to Bristol, Fine lot

E. 200-250
240
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105
 
[Revolutionary War]. 13 items, various documents, all dated during the war, includes 1777 note to be excused from jury duty from a wagoner "engaged with my team to carry a Load of West Indies goods for use of the Continental Army", and 1779 R.I. order convicting Ibrook Eddy for "uttering one profane oath and and of uttering one profane curse," etc., generally Fine lot

E. 250-350
600
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106
 
[South Carolina]. ALS by William Vaux, planter and merchant, 1-1/2pp, datelined "George Town South Carolina 9th Oct. 1779", with war news from the south, following a long paragraph on commercial doings. Vaux has reported the initial naval success of the French fleet under D'Estaing, but on the very day of his letter the allies failed badly in their attack on British held Savannah: "Monsr. D'Estaing's Squadron of 25 Sail of the line & as many Frigates & 5000 Land Forces still remian before Georgia. The French Troops are Landed, and are co-operating with Genl. Lincoln's Army in besieging Savannah - the Garrison have by the last Accts. made a vigorous defence and seem determin'd to defend the palce to the last extremety. His Britannick Majesties Ship the Experiment Sir James Wallace of 50 Guns after being dismasted in a gale of Wind, with the Ariel of 20 Guns Several Transports Store Ships & a number of other prizes have been taken by the Fleet of our Great & good Ally to the great joy of every true friend to America." Very Fine

E. 500-600
750
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