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Sale 824 — 2000 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2000

Category — Free Franks

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 1, Free FranksFree G. Washington, Free G. WashingtonFree G. Washington. Clear manuscript free frank on undated folded cover addressed in Washington's hand to "The Honble Genl. Sullivan, New Hampshire", lightly cleaned, some slight edge wear incl. small repair at top far from free frank

A FINE AND DESIRABLE FOUNDING FATHER'S FREE FRANK.

General John Sullivan, the recipient, led a raid on December 15, 1774, on Fort William and Mary to secure arms for the Revolutionary forces. He went on to hold important commands at the siege of Boston from 1775-76, and he headed the American forces that besieged Newport. Sullivan was also a member of the second Continental Congress.

Ex Hessel.

E. 3,000-4,000
6,750
2
c
Sale Number 824, Lot Number 2, Free FranksFree B. Franklin, Free B. FranklinFree B. Franklin. Clear manuscript free frank at bottom left of folded cover to William Greene at Warwick R.I., toned spots mostly away from frank

A FINE AND SCARCE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FREE FRANK.

Accompanied by two additional items: first is part of folded cover addressed in Franklin's hand to Miss Katy Ray at Westerly (R.I.) with red wax seal; second item is The Gentleman's Magazine for November 1755 containing an article by Franklin on U.S. population growth.

All three items are ex Hessel.

E. 3,000-4,000
10,500
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