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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2001

Category — Prominent Americans Free Franks and Autographs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
63
c
Collection of Prominent Americans' Free Franks. 19 items, mostly mounted on hand-made exhibition pages with historical background information, incl. John Arnold, James Barbour as Sec. of War, Lewis Cass as Sec. of War, Tench Coxe as Asst. Sec. of Treasury, A.J. Dallas as Sec. of Treasury, Ingham as Sec. of Treasury, Reverdy Johnson, Stephen Kearny as a Capt. (on service), Rufus King, Oliver Phelps, Winfield Scott as Capt., few faults to be expected, most are Fine-Very Fine, interesting group

E. 3,000-4,000
1,500
64
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 64, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsAaron Burr, Aaron BurrAaron Burr. Free frank "A. Burr" on folded cover to New York, neat "Washn. City Mar. 17" and "Free" handstamps, 1802 docketing on back would place this while Vice President under Jefferson and two years before his historic duel with Alexander Hamilton, vertical file fold affects free frank, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
800
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65
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 65, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsJohn C. Calhoun, John C. CalhounJohn C. Calhoun. Free frank "War Dept J.C. Calhoun" on large part of folded cover to Utica N.Y., red "Washington City Mar. 13" and "Free" handstamps, March 13, 1820 docketing on bottom flap, missing top flap, some toning, otherwise Very Fine, scarce free frank

E. 300-400
250
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66
c
John C. Calhoun. Free frank "War Dept J. C. Calhoun" with "Free" handstamp and "Paid" handstamp (crossed out) on folded cover to L. Cheves, Philadelphia, brown "Wash. City Aug. 10" (1825) circular datestamp, age toned, splits along two folds and small edge tear, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
125
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66A
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 66A, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsBenjamin Franklin, Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin. Two folded covers and four fronts only, all addressed to Franklin in Europe, one folded cover to London with red "Free" in circle handstamp applied at Philadelphia, matching red "IA/30" and brownish "3/FE" London receiving datestamps on back, docketed 1770, one side panel missing, toned and small faults, the other folded cover is addressed in Spanish to Franklin in Paris as "Plenipotenciaxio de las trece Provincias Unidas de la America", others to Franklin as U.S. Minister in France, with European postal markings, Very Fine and remarkable group

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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67
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 67, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsAlbert Gallatin, Albert GallatinAlbert Gallatin. Free frank "Albert Gallatin" with Treasury Dept. endorsement on 1811 letter signed, light strike of "Washn. City Oct. 19" circular datestamp and "Free", fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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68
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 68, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsNathaniel Greene, Nathaniel GreeneNathaniel Greene. 1782 folded letter to Brig. Genl. Wayne in Georgia, letter datelined "Head Quarters So. Carolina, June 7th 1782" written by the Aide de Camp Wm. Pierce, concerning the appropriation of horses, all in Pierce's hand, including "Nat. Greene" public service endorsement, some repaired splitting along folds and some dampstains at bottom, still Very Fine, desirable Revolutionary War military letter

E. 200-300
850
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69
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 69, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Free frank "Free A. Hamilton" at bottom left of folded cover to Baltimore, endorsed "Treasury Department", clear strikes of "27 SE" in circle and "Free" handstamps, 1791 docketing on back, file fold and ink smears slightly affect signature, still Fine and scarce, Hamilton died on July 12, 1804, after a duel with Aaron Burr

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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70
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 70, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsJohn Hay, John HayJohn Hay. Private Secretary to Abraham Lincoln as President, autograph free frank "John Hay" on presidential imprint cover to New York, readable strike of "Washington D.C. Free Apr. 5, 1865" double-circle datestamp, barely reduced at top and missing top flap, Very Fine, postmarked just ten days before Lincoln was assassinated, illustrated in ASCC on p. 220

E. 300-400
625
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71
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 71, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsJ. Buchanan Henry, J. Buchanan HenryJ. Buchanan Henry. Free frank "Free J. Buchanan Henry" as private secretary to President Buchanan on cover to Philadelphia, indistinct strike of circular datestamp, with original enclosure datelined "Executive Mansion 28 April 1857" (splitting along folds), Very Fine

E. 400-500
325
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72
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 72, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsSam Houston, Sam HoustonSam Houston. Two covers, first with bold "Free Sam Houston" frank and addressed to New York City, not carried thru mails, some edge wear; second is a rare printed cover for "Free Texas State Documents" signed by Houston with printed address to "Governor of the State of" and "Tenn." written in Houston's hand, faults -- the second more seriously so -- both appear Fine

E. 750-1,000
675
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73
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 73, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsSamuel Huntington, Samuel HuntingtonSamuel Huntington. Free frank "S. Huntington" on cover front only addressed in his hand to "His Excellency The President of the State of Pennsylvania", some slight splitting along vertical file fold, otherwise Very Fine, probably franked as President of the Continental Congress

E. 400-500
575
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74
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 74, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsThomas Sidney Jessup, Thomas Sidney JessupThomas Sidney Jessup. Free frank and 1831 autograph letter signed "Th. S. Jesup" Q.L." to Choctaw Agency Miss., blue "Georgetn. D.C. Apr. 27" circular datestamp and matching "Free", discusses initiative by field officers, light file folds, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
110
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75
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 75, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsHenry Knox, Henry KnoxHenry Knox. Free frank "H. Knox" at lower left of folded cover to Bath Mass., 1790 docketing on back, neat "New-York*march 31" straightline handstamp and matching "Free", minor edge wear and light vertical file folds, still Very Fine free frank from the first Secretary of War

E. 500-750
1,050
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76
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 76, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsHenry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, Henry "Light Horse Harry" LeeHenry "Light Horse Harry" Lee. Free frank "H. Lee" on 2pp autograph letter signed and addressed in Lee's hand to Wm. Sullivan in Boston, red "PHI AP 6" and "Free" handstamps, 1800 docketing, discusses title for a tract of land, vertical file folds barely affect free frank, Very Fine and scarce

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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77
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 77, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsJohn Marshall, John MarshallJohn Marshall. Free frank "J. Marshall" on folded cover to Rockbridge Va., red "PHI FE 21" in circle and "Free" handstamps, light file fold does not affect free frank, Very Fine, scarce free frank, John Marshall held the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1801-35, the judiciary had no franking privilege, so this cover originated prior to 1801

E. 300-400
1,600
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78
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 78, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsRobert Morris, Robert MorrisRobert Morris. Free frank "Free R. Morris" on folded cover addressed in his hand to Baltimore, light strike of "New York * May 18." and "Free" handstamps, 1790 docketing on back, vertical file fold affects signature, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
400
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79
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 79, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsRobert Morris, Robert MorrisRobert Morris. Free frank "R. Morris" at bottom left of folded cover addressed to "The Governor & Commander in Chief of the State of Delaware", docketing on back dates cover at Sept. 1, 1781, some edge wear and toning, Fine

E. 200-300
425
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80
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 80, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsJohn Nicolay, John NicolayJohn Nicolay. Private Secretary to Lincoln as President, free frank "Jno Nicolay" on imprint cover from "President of the United States, Priv. Sec." to Syracuse N.Y., indistinct Washington D.C. circular datestamp, with internal cover and original enclosure datelined "Washington D.C. Jany. 10, 1861", states in part: "Within the coming week you will hear of stirring events, such as will cause every patriot either to rejoice or mourn. God grant us success", some splitting along folds of enclosure, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
0
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81
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 81, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsTimothy Pickering, Timothy PickeringTimothy Pickering. Free frank on folded cover "Free T. Pickering" addressed to John Jay as Governor of N.Y. in Albany, docketing on back in Jay's hand indicates 1797 usage while Pickering was Secretary of State in Washington's administration, light file folds, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
180
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82
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 82, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsArtemis Ward, Artemis WardArtemis Ward. Free frank "Free Artemis Ward" on autograph letter signed to his son Thomas Walter Ward, Shrewsbury Mass. with instructions to hold at Worcester, datelined "Middletown March 17th, 1795", Very Fine

E. 300-400
500
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83
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 83, Prominent Americans Free Franks and AutographsBrigham Young, Brigham YoungBrigham Young. Letter signed and datelined "Executive Department Utah Territory, G. S. L. City, July 11th, 1853", to Governor of Minn., contents regard damaged copies of publications received from Minn., accompanied by original cover addressed in his hand, clear "Salt Lake City Utah T. Aug. 1" circular datestamp and "Free" handstamp, fresh and Very Fine, sent free even though the P.L. & R. did not provide franking privileges for territorial governors

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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84
 
Autographs and Free Franks. Interesting assortment of 19 items, mostly free franks incl. Albert Gallatin; John C. Calhoun from War Dept.; Henry Clay as Secretary of State; Daniel Webster as a Senator; Edward Everett; few sent to those enjoying free-frank privilege, few faults to be expected, most are Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
750
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85
 
Autographs. 22, comprising twenty different, incl. seven heads of state in 1958 from Third World countries and other government officials, astronaut Ed Gibson, 1880 and 1892 Presidential Candidate J. B. Weaver, Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
50
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86
c
Military Correspondence. Four items, each from 1823-1827: first written by G. W. Folger at Fort Atkinson at Council Bluffs to Calhoun as Secretary of War in 1823 regarding decision for promotions; second from Fort St. Anthony, third from Belle Fontaine, last from Right Wing and Brigade Hqtrs. at Jefferson Barracks (15 March 1827) from Brig. Gen'l. H. Atkinson, each marked with ms. "Free" and with St. Louis circular datestamp, a Fine-Very Fine and interesting group

E. 300-400
250
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