VERY FINE. A BOLD LINCOLN FREE FRANK APPLIED DURING HIS TERM AS PRESIDENT.
Accompanied by die sunk portrait of Lincoln.
VERY FINE. A RARE FREE FRANK OF MARY TODD LINCOLN, WIDOW OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Mrs. Lincoln visited a health resort, called Cresson Springs, near Altoona Pa. in the summer of 1868, approximately three years after her husband was assassinated. This cover is addressed to the wife of James W. White, a prominent jurist and newspaperman, who was a close friend of Mrs. Lincoln.
Accompanied by period photo of the Lincoln family. Illustrated on p. 154 of Free Franking of Mail by Edward Stern.
FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF PRESIDENTIAL MAIL AFTER THE FRANKING PRIVILEGE WAS ABOLISHED AND OFFICIAL STAMPS WERE INTRODUCED.
Fewer than five examples of the 3c Executive are known used from Long Branch, which was Grant's summer home. The enclosed autograph letter signed by Grant is dated July 8, 1875, and reads (in part): "I am in receipt of your letter of yesterday speaking of the complaints against Judge Fisher, Dist. Atty. for the district of Columbia. I have no doubt but the good of the service demands a change. You may notify Judge Fisher of the fact and give him an opportunity to resign. The change will be made whether he resigns or not..." It is uncertain whether or not the letter was mailed in this cover, because of the lapse between the letter and postmark dates.