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.
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).
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.
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.
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.