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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — Free Franks and Autographs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
201
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 201, Free Franks and AutographsGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Bold signature "G. Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army on folded cover addressed in another hand to Colonel Seely at Elizabethtown N.J., one section of back panels removed, minor age toning and small edge faults

A FINE COVER AND DESIRABLE "PUBLIC SERVICE" FRANK BY GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON.

This cover and the letter offered in the following lot were originally attached. The letter from General Washington at West Point to Colonel Seely in Elizabethtown concerns information about British and Hessian troop movements on Staten Island.

E. 6,000-8,000
8,500
202
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 202, Free Franks and AutographsGeorge Washington, George WashingtonGeorge Washington. Letter signed "G. Washington" as Commanding General of the Continental Army, datelined "Head Quarters West Point 14th Nov. 1779" to Colonel Silvanus Seely, interesting content: "I have recd. your favr. of the 11th and am obliged by the intelligence it contains. Should you obtain a confirmation be pleased to inform me and of the time which the fleet sails. Should the other embarkation which you mention take place, I shall be obliged to you for endeavoring to know of what Corps it is composed.", age toned and some small paper loss at folds, tiny ink smudges to two letters of signature, professionally cleaned and deacidified

A DESIRABLE WAR-PERIOD LETTER WRITTEN BY GENERAL WASHINGTON ON THE SUBJECT OF BRITISH AND HESSIAN TROOP MOVEMENTS ON STATEN ISLAND.

General Washington, writing from his headquarters at West Point, is referring to information he received from Colonel Seely about the number of British and Hessian troops being sent to and already stationed on Staten Island (Reference: The Writing of George Washington, ed. Fitzpatrick, 17:103).

E. 12,000-15,000
11,000
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203
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 203, Free Franks and AutographsThomas Jefferson, Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson. Bold "Free Th. Jefferson" free frank as ex-President on 1820 folded cover from Monticello, addressed in his hand to David Gelstone in New York, neat strike of red "CHARLOTville Aug 17" datestamp, ms. "Free" at top right, few light file folds, expertly silked, mounted in beautiful gold frame with picture of Jefferson

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFULLY-PRESENTED EXAMPLE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON'S FREE FRANK.

Docketing on back dates the enclosure to Aug. 13, 1820. The following lot offers the original letter.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,750
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204
 
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 204, Free Franks and AutographsThomas Jefferson, Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson. Autograph letter signed "Th. Jefferson" as ex-President, datelined "Monticello Aug. 13 20", contents reads: "I am obliged to renew my annual tax on your goodness by asking the favor of your procuring a passage for the inclosed letters to their address. The commerce of New York, is so much more extensive than from any other port of the U.S. as to give it a great preference for the conveyance of foreign letters, and it is this circumstance which brings on you the present for which I can offer but the poor tribute of my thankfulness, esteem & respect", notation at bottom indicates letters for Thomas Appleton (Consul at Leghorn) and Joshua Dadger (Consul at Marseilles) were enclosed, attractively framed with portrait of Jefferson and with printed illustration of steamship and sailing vessel

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON, TRANSMITTING LETTERS BOUND FOR FOREIGN DESTINATIONS.

The letter offered here was originally joined with the free-franked cover offered in the previous lot.

E. 12,000-15,000
12,000
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205
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 205, Free Franks and AutographsJohn Hancock, John HancockJohn Hancock. Free frank "Congress Philada. John Hancock" on folded cover addressed in his hand "To The Honble The Supreme Executive Council of the State of Pennsylvania", also ms. "On Publick Service", receiver's endorsement "From Honble John Hancock Esq. April 2nd 1777" at top left, opened for display and attractively framed with brass plaque at bottom and portrait at top

VERY FINE. A RARE JOHN HANCOCK FREE FRANK AS PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.

John Hancock resigned from his position as President of the Continental Congress in October 1777 as a consequence of failing health.

E. 5,000-7,500
10,500
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