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Sale 834 — U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2001

Category — Presidential Autographs and Free Franks

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 1, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Free frank "G. Washington" as ex-President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Col. Clemson Biddle in Philadelphia, neat ms. "Alex 27 Apl." pmk., vertical file fold affects signature

VERY FINE. A RARE FREE FRANK OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AS EX-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

Covers free franked by George Washington as President are marked "President/U.S" and are not signed.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,500
2
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 2, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJohn Adams, John AdamsJohn Adams. Free frank "J. Adams" in a shaky hand as ex-President on folded cover to the artillery company at Boston, neat "Quincy Ms. June 2d" and "Free" ms. pmk., 1819 docketing on back, minor splitting along folds, still Very Fine free frank from the second President

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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3
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 3, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksThomas Jefferson, Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson. Free frank "Free Th. Jefferson Pr. U.S." as President at top left of folded cover addressed to "Dr. William Bache, near Charlottesville", red "Washn. City Oct. 11" and "Free" handstamps, cover expertly repaired incl. pressed-out vertical file fold which affects free frank (repairs do not affect frank), still Fine, scarce presidential free frank

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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4
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 4, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJames Madison, James MadisonJames Madison. Free frank "James Madison" with War Department endorsement on folded letter datelined "Washington 1st Jan. 1803", to Military Agent at Philadelphia, well-struck "Washn. City Jan. 1" and "Free" handstamps, fresh and Very Fine

E. 500-750
650
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5
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 5, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJames Madison, James MadisonJames Madison. Free frank "James Madison" as Secretary of State under Jefferson on folded cover to Norfolk Va., neat "Washington City Jan. 19" and "Free" handstamps, 1808 docketing on back, expertly repaired along vertical file fold (not affecting free frank), otherwise Very Fine

E. 400-500
525
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6
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 6, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksDolley Madison, Dolley MadisonDolley Madison. Free frank "Free D. P. Madison" on cover front only to Elkton Md., red "Washington City D.C. Mar. 2" and "Free" handstamps, faint horizontal file fold affects free frank, Very Fine

E. 300-400
475
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7
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 7, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJames Monroe, James MonroeJames Monroe. Free frank "Jas. Monroe" as Secretary of State on folded cover addressed to The Marshall of the District of Maine, red "Washn. City Sep. 1" and "Free" handstamps, docketing on inside (perhaps contents?) reads in part "On Sunday about 3P.M. discovered three Brig and a Sloop Cutter to the Eastward Monhegan....they proved to be the British...they gave us the boat and we landed at Monhegan the same night immediately after dark", fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
700
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8
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 8, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJames Monroe, James MonroeJames Monroe. Free frank "Jas. Monroe" as Secretary of War on 1p letter datelined "Department of War, October 31st 1814", red "Washn. City Oct. 31" and "Free", light vertical file folds, small tears at top, still Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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9
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 9, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJames Monroe, James MonroeJames Monroe. Signature as President on vellum land grant document, dated Nov. 13, 1822, file folds do not affect signature, document with small internal filing hole at top, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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10
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 10, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJohn Quincy Adams, John Quincy AdamsJohn Quincy Adams. Free frank "J. Q. Adams" with Navy Department endorsement on folded letter to U.S.S. Guerriere at Boston, datelined "Navy Department June 18th 1818", light strike of red "Washn. City Jun. 18" and "Free" handstamps, contents regarding permission granted to send sundry articles and presents to the Emperor of Russia, light vertical file folds and some slight splitting along internal folds, still fresh and Very Fine

E. 500-750
850
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11
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 11, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJohn Quincy Adams, John Quincy AdamsJohn Quincy Adams. Free frank "J. Q. Adams" on cover front only addressed in his hand to Baltimore, neat "Quincy Mass. Oct. 6" ms. pmk., slightly reduced, still Very Fine

E. 150-200
180
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12
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 12, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksLouisa C. Adams, Louisa C. AdamsLouisa C. Adams. Free frank "L. C. Adams" on 1849 mourning cover to London, England, red "Washington D.C. Free Sep.13" circular datestamp, neat "5" handstamp, ms. transit rating and transit backstamp, small tear at right affects numeral marking, otherwise Very Fine, scarce usage, illustrated in ASCC Vol. II on p. 223

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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13
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 13, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Document signed as Major General, dated March 24, 1813, details number of men and rations apportioned to various companies under his command, some overall wear not affecting signature and minor splitting along folds, the signature is Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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14
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 14, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Signature as President on vellum land grant dated April 12, 1831, also signed by Commissioner Elijah Hayward, light file fold barely affects signature, some edge wear, Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
600
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15
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 15, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Signature as President on vellum land grant dated August 1, 1831, also signed by Commissioner Elijah Hayward, vertical fold thru signature, few light toned spots, otherwise Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
600
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16
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 16, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Signature as President on vellum land grant dated Jan. 26, 1832, vertical file folds barely affect signature, Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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17
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 17, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Signature as President on vellum land grant dated July 10, 1831, part of document at left (away from signature) reduced, Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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18
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 18, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" as ex-President on folded cover addressed in his hand to Andrew Jackson Jr. at Wheeling Va., red "Washington City Jun. 31" and "Free" handstamps, additional note in Jackson's hand reads "The P. Master of Wheeling if Mr. Jackson has passed before this reaches his office will forward this to Nashville" and initialled "A.J.", fresh and Very Fine, fascinating usage

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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19
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 19, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" as ex-President on folded cover to Lebanon Tenn., blue "Nashville Te. Sep. 12" (1843) circular datestamp, contents also written in his hand, some ink erosion inside affecting "Free" though not franking signature, Fine and scarce Jackson free frank

E. 1,200-1,500
1,200
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19A
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Andrew Jackson. 1-1/2p autograph letter signed "Andrew Jackson" and datelined "Hermitage Septr. 9th, 1843" as ex-President, previously attached to the folded cover in lot 19, regarding damages in a civil lawsuit, extensive damages from acid ink erosion, some pieces missing, still restorable

E. 400-500
750
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20
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 20, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" on undated cover front only to Francis P. Blair, Washington D.C., no postal markings, vertical file fold, otherwise Very Fine free frank

E. 400-500
525
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21
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 21, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Free frank "Free Andrew Jackson" on cover front only to Memphis Tenn., light strikes of red "Washington City D.C. Apr. 5" and "Free", slightly reduced, torn at bottom, affixed to paper backing, still almost Fine, scarce free frank

E. 750-1,000
425
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22
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 22, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Autograph docketing and initials "A.J." as President on cover front only addressed to Jackson, docketing "recommendation for a consulate - referred to Secretary of State", fresh and Fine

E. 300-400
375
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23
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 23, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Autograph docketing and initials "A.J." as President along left side of cover, also in his hand "Referred to the Secretary of the Navy", contents datelined "Brooklyn Oct. 4, 1834" and contains letter of recommendation, file folds, still Fine

E. 500-750
425
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24
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 24, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Jackson, Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson. Autograph docketing and initials as ex-President reads "Answered the 25th of September 1841" on folded cover addressed to Jackson at Hermitage, sender's signature at lower left, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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25
 
Andrew Jackson Monument. Two copies of the same printed document, dated "Washington D.C. October 28, 1845" providing for the establishment of a Jackson Monument, each addressed to a different postmaster, few file folds, toning and small faults

E. 100-150
130
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26
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 26, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksMartin Van Buren, Martin Van BurenMartin Van Buren. Signature "M. Van Buren" on 3pp document datelined "Department of State, Washington, 17 March 1831", addressed to "Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States at the Hague", contents discuss among other things granting of a requested leave of absence, usual light folds, Very Fine

E. 400-500
1,250
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27
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 27, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksWilliam H. Harrison, William H. HarrisonWilliam H. Harrison. 2-1/2pp letter signed "Willm. Henry Harrison" as Governor of Indiana Territory, datelined "Vincennes April 25th 1810" and addressed to William Eustice as Secretary of War in Washington D.C., docketing sums up contents: "Relative to certain indications of a hostile disposition exhibited by a party of Indians of Tribes under the influence of "the Prophet". Suggests the expediency of erecting a Fort on the river Wabash etc. etc.", a fascinating letter, including reference to "the British Agents in Canada...their endeavors to set the Indians upon us...", some splits along folds and repair opening tear around seal, still Very Fine, a significant letter from Harrison, the frontier governor, regarding hostilities with Native Americans who were supported by Great Britain prior to the War of 1812

E. 3,000-4,000
17,500
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27A
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 27A, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksWilliam Henry Harrison, William Henry HarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison. Letter signed as aide-de-camp, dated August 6, 1795, some toning not affecting signature, Very Fine, signed while an aide to General Anthony Wayne, the next day the Treaty of Greenville was signed with the Indians, signatures from Harrison are scarce in any capacity (he was President for only about a month before dying after catching pneumonia at his inauguration)

E. 500-750
1,050
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28
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 28, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAnna Harrison, Anna HarrisonAnna Harrison. Free frank "Free Anna Harrison" on blue folded cover to Long Island N.Y., neat "Cleves O. Oct. 1" ms. pmk., note on back indicates 1848 usage, extraneous ink mark in address panel, otherwise Very Fine and scarce widow's frank

E. 1,000-1,500
625
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29
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 29, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJohn Tyler, John TylerJohn Tyler. Free frank "J. Tyler" as ex-President on mourning cover to New York City, neat "Chas. City C.H. Va. April 23" ms. pmk., fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
385
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30
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 30, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJames K. Polk, James K. PolkJames K. Polk. Signature "J. K. Polk" on cover to Howell Cobb in Georgia, virtually intact wax seal on back, faint horizontal file fold barely affects signature, fresh and Very Fine, likely carried outside of the mails either during Polk's presidency or during the three months after before he died

E. 750-1,000
800
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31
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 31, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksJames K. Polk, James K. PolkJames K. Polk. Free frank "Free J. K. Polk" as congressman on cover front only to Washington D.C., blue "Nashville Te. May 26" circular datestamp, front mounted on paper backing, still Very Fine

E. 400-500
625
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32
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 32, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. 1-1/2p autograph letter signed as Major, datelined "Louisville Kentucky Decemr. 24th 1812" addressed in Taylor's hand to Brig. Genl. Thos. Cushing, the letter repeats an order received by Taylor giving him four months' furlough -- "the ability, Integrity & Zeal with which Maj. Taylor has served his country the last campaign & his bad health, merits and [sic] make a relaxation just & necessary" -- "Louisville 26 Dec." ms. pmk., "25" rating crossed out and marked "Free", some toning and splitting along vertical file folds, Very Fine and interesting military letter from Taylor

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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33
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 33, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. 3pp autograph letter signed datelined "St. Louis Missouri Territory November 29th 1814", addressed to the Adjutant and Inspector General in Washington D.C., fascinating contents start out "Since the death of Genl. Howard, a letter from your office addressed to him, to the following effect, has been received, and is now before me which is as follows.", majority of contents discuss charges brought against Taylor by Col. William P. Anderson regarding use of his men, and Taylor's repudiation of the charges, folded letter also free franked by Taylor and with "St. Louis Decr. 4" ms. pmk., two vertical file folds, some splitting along folds, still Fine, outstanding content

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
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34
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 34, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Folded cover endorsed "On Service Z. Taylor Majr. 3d Infy.", addressed in Taylor's hand to Detroit, receipt docketing on inside details contents of original letter (including "Frivolous complaints"), some expert repairs along split file folds, otherwise Very Fine, technically not a free frank, accepted without payment due to endorsement "Politeness of Capt. Krath"

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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35
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 35, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. 3pp letter signed and datelined "Fort Howard, Green Bay, October 25th 1817", addressed in Taylor's hand to Maj. Genl. Macomb at Detroit, contents incl. "my second application for a court of inquiry...to vindicate myself from a charge...[of] the basest of crimes...that of lying", with "On Service, Z. Taylor Maj., 3rd Infy." endorsement, fresh and Very Fine, a fascinating and significant letter from Taylor

E. 1,500-2,000
2,700
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36
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 36, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. 2pp autograph letter signed and datelined "Cantonment Jesup near Natchitoches Louisiana 17th June 1822", addressed in his hand to Col. George Gibson at Washington, interesting contents incl. "I am fearful I shall have to abandon this place & fall back to Natchitoches, where our provisions are deposited as it is with great difficulty we can get the provisions transported a distance of twenty five miles as fast as they are consumed", endorsed "On Service" and with Taylor's signature, light strike of Natchitoches circular datestamp, light vertical file folds, some internal splitting along folds, still Very Fine, scarce and interesting military letter

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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37
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 37, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Autograph letter signed and datelined at Fort Crawford on Aug. 22, 1832, addressed in another hand to Maj. Genl. Jessup at Washington D.C., contents discuss naming replacement for Capt. Barker who "might have to take the field against the hostile Indians", light strike of "St. Louis Mo. Aug. 27" circular datestamp, ms. "Free", some toning along vertical file folds, Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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38
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 38, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Autograph letter signed and datelined "Fort Crawford, Prairie du Chien, Septr. 12th 1832", addressed in Taylor's hand to Brig. Genl. George Gibson at Washington D.C., letter recommends 2nd Lieut. Greenough for Asst. Commissary of Subsistence at Fort Snelling, neat ms. "Prairie du Chien M.T." pmk. and red ms. "Free", some toning along vertical file fold, Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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39
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 39, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Autograph letter signed and datelined "Hd Qrs 1st Infy. Fort Crawford, Prairie du Chien M.T. May 20th 1833", letter recommends three possible replacements for Lieut. Kingsbury as Asst. Commissary of Subsistence, "On Service" and address to Major Hook in Washington D.C. in another hand, neat "Prairie du Chien M.T. May 23" ms. pmk. and matching "25" rating, some toning along vertical file fold, Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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40
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 40, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Autograph letter signed and datelined "Headqrs 1st Infy Fort Crawford, Prairie du Chien, Augt. 6th 1833", discusses confirmation of appointment of Lieut. Harris to replace Lieut. Kingsbury, addressed in Taylor's hand with free frank, neat "Prairie du Chien Ms. Aug. 8" ms. pmk. and red "25" rating, some toning along vertical file fold, otherwise Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
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41
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 41, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Letter signed and datelined "Head Quarters 1st Infantry, Fort Crawford, March 29, 1834", requesting additional funds for the recruiting services, some light toning, cover endorsed "On Public Service Free" and addressed in another hand, "Prairie du Chien M.T. March 30" ms. pmk., light vertical file folds, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
900
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42
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 42, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Letter signed and datelined at Fort Crawford on Dec. 15, 1835, contents discuss administrative matters, neat "Prairie du Chien M.T. Dec. 17" ms. pmk. and "25" rating, addressed in another hand to Washington D.C., vertical file folds, some slight splitting internally along folds, Fine

E. 750-1,000
900
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43
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 43, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. 2pp letter signed and datelined "Head Quarters, 1st Brigade Army, 8 P.M. Camp about 10 miles East of Kissimmee", addressed in Taylor's hand to Maj. Genl. Jessup, fascinating contents regarding campaign against the Seminole Indians and a recently fought battle, postcript on back reads "P.S. I am now writing without candle or pine knots as a substitute, in a cabbage tree hammock in the centre of a large prairie on a very dirty sheet of paper, which is the only one in camp", cover endorsed "On Public Service", splitting along vertical file fold and along folds reinforced with hinges, some staining (as mentioned by Taylor), still Fine, very rare letter from the Seminole Campaign

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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44
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 44, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Free frank as Brigadier General "Z. Taylor Bt. Br. Genl. U.S. Army" on folded cover addressed in another hand to General Jones in Washington D.C., red "Savannah Geo. Jun. 3" circular datestamp and matching "Free", 1839 docketing inside, vertical file folds and slight splitting along folds, Very Fine and choice free frank

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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45
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 45, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksZachary Taylor, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor. Bold free frank "Free Zachary Taylor" as President on cover to Louisiana, red "Washington D.C. Free 26 Nov." circular datestamp, small insect nibbling at bottom right, fresh and Very Fine, rare presidential frank

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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46
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 46, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksMillard Fillmore, Millard FillmoreMillard Fillmore. Free frank "M. Fillmore" on cover to Edward Everett in Cambridge Mass., "Washington D.C. Free Oct. 9" circular datestamp, intact red wax seal on back, fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
475
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47
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 47, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksFranklin Pierce, Franklin PierceFranklin Pierce. Free frank "Franklin Pierce" as President on cover to Washington D.C., neat "Concord N.H. Apr. 17, 1853" double-circle datestamp and "Free" handstamp, small pamphlet titled "Life and Services of Gen. Pierce" affixed with hinge at lower left, barely reduced at top missing part of top flap, Very Fine and choice

E. 200-300
550
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48
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 48, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAbraham Lincoln, Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln. Free frank as President "A. Lincoln" on cover front only addressed in his hand to "Any Head of Department, Please see the bearer, A. Lincoln, Feb. 20, 1863", both signatures are perfectly clear, light file folds away from signatures

VERY FINE. A RARE ITEM SIGNED TWICE AND WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN THE HAND OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

This item was likely written for someone seeking a favor, and Lincoln directed that person to any head of department.

E. 4,000-5,000
6,250
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49
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 49, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksMary Todd Lincoln, Mary Todd LincolnMary Todd Lincoln. Free frank "Free Mary Lincoln" on cover addressed in her hand to New York City, neat "Saint Charles Ill. 14 Dec." double-circle datestamp, receiving backstamp, few repaired edge tears

FINE AND RARE FREE FRANK OF MARY TODD LINCOLN, WIDOW OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

Illustrated in ASCC on p. 223

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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50
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 50, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Johnson, Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson. Free frank "Free U. S. S. Andrew Johnson" as a U.S. senator on cover to Heightstown N.J., neat "Washington City D.C. Feb. 13, 1859 Free" circular datestamp, edge wear and edge tears, the free frank is Very Fine

E. 200-300
600
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51
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 51, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksAndrew Johnson, Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson. Free frank "Free Andrew Johnson" on oversize cover addressed to James Buchanan at Wheatland Pa., with intact red seal of President of the United States on back, some slight cracking as usually found on wax seals, neat "Washington D.C. Dec. 12" circular datestamp, some edge wear partly reinforced with archival document tape at top, otherwise Very Fine, remarkable especially for the intact Presidential seal -- Johnson presidental franks are scarce

E. 750-1,000
1,050
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52
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 52, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksUlysses S. Grant, Ulysses S. GrantUlysses S. Grant. Signature as President on official imprint cover for "Executive Mansion, Secretary" with "Secretary" crossed out, addressed to "Hon. H. Fisk, Secretary of State, Present", fresh and Very Fine, probably carried privately outside of the mails, Grant was the last President with free franking privileges while in office

E. 1,000-1,500
1,350
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53
 
Chester A. Arthur. Large signature on Executive Mansion card, fresh and Very Fine, Arthur did not have the free franking privilege

E. 200-300
375
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54
 
Grover Cleveland. Signature as President on Executive Mansion form dated Nov. 24, 1886 suspending the postmaster at New Market N.H., fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
250
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55
 
Benjamin Harrison. Typed letter signed, datelined "Indianapolis Ind. Nov. 26th, 1888", accompanied by 2c entire with Indianapolis duplex and Harrison's printed return address, both are fresh and Very Fine, this cover and signature originate from the time after Harrison was elected to office of President but prior to his inauguration

E. 200-300
400
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56
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 56, Presidential Autographs and Free FranksIda McKinley, Ida McKinleyIda McKinley. Free frank "Mrs. Ida S. McKinley" at top left of mourning cover to Cleveland O., neat "Canton Ohio Oct. 3, 1906" machine cancel, fresh and Very Fine, accompanied by picture postcard showing the McKinley residence in Canton

E. 1,000-1,500
625
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57
 
William Howard Taft. Typed letter signed, datelined "Pointe-a-Pic, Canada, July 30, 1921", contents read "Thank you for your warm words of congratulations upon my appointment to be Chief Justice. I am glad to hear from you that you note the satisfaction on all sides at the President's action", accompanied by original cover franked with Canada 3c stamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
350
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58
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Herbert Hoover. Signature on illustrated First Day Cover for 1-1/2c Washington stamp, to Baltimore Md., also with signatures of four members of the Washington Bicentennial Commission, stamps tied by "Washington D.C. Jan. 1, 1932 3 PM" pmk., fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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59
 
Franklin D. Roosevelt. Typed letter signed and dated Nov. 11, 1943 on White House stationery thanking the Postmaster General for a gift of some Albanian stamps for his collection, fresh and Very Fine

E. 500-750
500
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60
 
Presidential Signatures. Six items: five are TLS's, incl. Theodore Roosevelt (July 8, 1918), Woodrow Wilson (Oct. 15, 1917), William McKinley (May 4, 1896), Warren G. Harding (June 24, 1921), autopen on George Bush (Dec. 8, 1988), last is a pardon signed by Rutherford B. Hayes on Oct. 4, 1877, all are fresh and Very Fine, interesting group

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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61
 
Free Franks of U.S. Presidents. Four, incl. Van Buren (1834); Fillmore as Vice President; James Buchanan on cover front only; Garfield as a member of Congress, also incl. Coolidge signature on Air Post cover dated Mar. 4, 1929 and Hoover and Eisenhower facsimilies, all appear Fine-Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
900
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62
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Free Franks of Presidential Widows. Twelve, incl. Lucretia Garfield, Frances F. Cleveland (three, incl, one prior to remarrying, one after remarrying, and one handstamp), Edith Bolling Wilson (actual signature), Florence King Harding, Helen Taft, Mary Lord Harrison, Edith K. Roosevelt, Grace Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson (on unaddressed corner card cover), most of the later franks are actual signatures, all appear Fine-Very Fine, an interesting group

E. 750-1,000
850
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