Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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*A buyer’s premium of 15% of the winning bid was added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers were responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid, bidders agreed to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of the sale.

Category — Early American Free Franks and Autographs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1028
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Sale 1146, Lot 1028, Early American Free Franks and AutographsJosiah Bartlett. Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Hampshire, free frank "Free J. Bartlett" on Sep. 28, 1778 docketed folded cover addressed to Col. Josiah Bartlett in Kingston N.H., slight wear and small hole above address, otherwise Very Fine, scarce free frank

E. 500-750
1,200
1029
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1029, Early American Free Franks and AutographsJesse Brown. Express post rider, cited in the Journal of the Continental Congress as the rider who delivered news of the American victory at Saratoga to Philadelphia in Oct. 1777, pay order dated Sep. 12, 1776 for his services, signed on back by Brown as received, Very Fine

E. 200-300
120
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1030
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1030, Early American Free Franks and AutographsAaron Burr. Vice President under Jefferson, murderer of Alexander Hamilton in a duel, autograph letter signed "A. Burr" as Vice President, dated "Washington 13 Feb. 1803", content inquires about a summary judgement, light folds, Very Fine

E. 400-500
1,200
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1031
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Sale 1146, Lot 1031, Early American Free Franks and AutographsGeorge Clinton. Royal Governor of New York, British Admiral of the Fleet, member of Parliament, Governor of the Colony of Newfoundland, folded letter datelined "New York 17th Novem. 1746", addressed to Major Collins at Albany with "On His Majesty's Service", bold signature "Geo Clinton", top quarter of letter separated and missing portion of dateline but signature is intact, silked along fold splits, otherwise Fine, a scarce signature from this Governor of the Province of New York, not to be confused with the later Revolutionary Governor and Vice President (who was 7 years old at the time this letter was sent)

E. 400-500
275
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1032
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Sale 1146, Lot 1032, Early American Free Franks and AutographsGeorge Clinton. Delegate to the Continental Congresses of 1775-76 from New York, Brigadier General, Governor of New York, Vice President under Jefferson and Madison, free frank "Geo. Clinton" and "Public Service" as Governor on Jan. 17, 1778 autograph letter signed to Major General Benjamin Lincoln in Albany N.Y., contents include concern over security of Hudson River, expertly sealed fold splits, Fine

E. 300-400
600
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1033
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Sale 1146, Lot 1033, Early American Free Franks and AutographsGeorge Clinton. Delegate to the Continental Congresses of 1775-76 from New York, Brigadier General, Governor of New York, Vice President under Jefferson and Madison, 2pp autograph letter signed as Governor of New York from Caspar's Kill, dated 26th October 1804 and addressed to Albany N.Y., hand-carried "Honored by Capt. Bushing", minor toned spots, Very Fine, accompanied by transcript of letter

E. 300-400
180
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1034
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Sale 1146, Lot 1034, Early American Free Franks and AutographsGrey Cooper. Joint Treasury Secretary in Buckingham's Ministry, "Grey Cooper" free frank and "On his Majesty's Service" on 1766 folded cover to Stephen Hopkins, Governor of Rhode Island, red 18mm "Free" circular handstamp struck in England, "10/MA" Bishop's mark on back, "7/IY" Franklin mark for receipt on July 7 in America, manuscript "10" rate indicates the free frank was good only in England, Very Fine

E. 400-500
325
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1035
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1035, Early American Free Franks and AutographsJoseph Dudley. Governor of the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire (1702-15), overseer of trial of Jacob Leisler after his rebellion, member of Parliament, Jan. 8, 1702 autograph letter signed "J. Dudley" from Portsmouth to Boston, letter sheets separated from cover leaf and both attached to backing, small repair, Fine appearance and scarce, Dudley's father Thomas was also Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, accompanied by an engraving of Dudley

E. 400-500
500
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1036
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Sale 1146, Lot 1036, Early American Free Franks and AutographsElbridge Gerry. Signer of Declaration of Independence, delegate to the Continental Congresses of 1776-81 and 1782-85 from Massachusetts, framer of the Constitution, member of Congress, Governor of Massachusetts and Vice President under James Madison, free frank "free E. Gerry" on May 22, 1789 folded cover to Philadelphia, "Free" straightline handstamp, unclear strike of town straightline postmark, Very Fine and scarce free frank, Gerry's political maneuvering inspired the term "gerrymandering", he refused to sign the Constitution as he thought it gave the President too much power

E. 400-500
1,200
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1037
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Sale 1146, Lot 1037, Early American Free Franks and AutographsCornelius Harnett. Delegate to the Continental Congress (1777-80), free frank "Free C. Harnett" on folded cover "By Post" to William Wilkinson in Wilmington, Dec. 1777 docketing, Fine and very scarce, Harnett was taken prisoner by the British and died as a result of his captivity in 1781

E. 400-500
1,000
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1038
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Sale 1146, Lot 1038, Early American Free Franks and AutographsEbenezer Hazard. Beautiful bold free frank "Free Eben Hazard" with flourishes, signed the day after leaving office as Postmaster General, on Sep. 27, 1789 folded autograph letter signed and addressed in his hand to Rev. Jedediah Morse (father of inventor Samuel F. B. Morse) in Charlestown Mass., "N-York Sep. 27" and "Free" straightline handstamps, receipt docketing, Very Fine and desirable Ebenezer Hazard holograph letter, his frank is extremely scarce, a similarly choice folded cover only (without the signed lettersheet) realized $4,000 hammer in our 2007 sale of postal history from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, ex Hessel

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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1039
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Sale 1146, Lot 1039, Early American Free Franks and AutographsEbenezer Hazard. Bold free frank "Free Eben Hazard" as Postmaster General on April 19, 1789 folded autograph letter signed and addressed in his hand to Rev. Jedediah Morse (father of inventor Samuel F. B. Morse) in Charlestown Mass., "N-York Apr. 19" and "Free" straightline handstamps struck overlapping, receipt docketing, letter mentions "the Vice President is to be here tomorrow & we expect the President in the Course of this week...", letter split along one fold and some edge flaws, still Very Fine and desirable Ebenezer Hazard holograph letter with reference to the first Washington-Adams inauguration, which occurred days later (Washington replaced him as Postmaster General at the first opportunity), Hazard's frank is extremely scarce, ex Hessel

E. 500-750
700
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1040
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1040, Early American Free Franks and AutographsThomas Heyward, Jr. Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation as a representative of South Carolina and eventual prisoner for a period of time of the British during the Revolutionary War, part-printed legal document from Charleston dated 1786, boldly signed "Thos. Heyward Jun.", attractively framed for wall-mounting, Very Fine signature and scarce

E. 500-750
450
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1041
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1041, Early American Free Franks and AutographsFrancis Hopkinson. Designer of first American Flag, author, composer, signer of Declaration of Independence as delegate from New Jersey, member of Continental Congress, part-printed document signed as Treasurer of Loans (under Articles of Confederation) dated June 21, 1781 to William Bradford, countersigned by Joseph Clarke, Bradford's endorsement on back, Very Fine

E. 400-500
550
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1042
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1042, Early American Free Franks and AutographsFrancis Scott Key. Author of the lyrics to the United States national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner" and successful lawyer, one-page letter datelined at Washington Apr. 25, 1838 regarding a legal matter, clearly signed "FS Key" at bottom, professionally framed for wall-mounting, Very Fine and desirable signature

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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1043
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Sale 1146, Lot 1043, Early American Free Franks and AutographsRufus King. Delegate to the Continental Congress from Massachusetts, signer of the U.S. Constitution, United States Senator from New York, Federalist candidate for President in 1816, free frank "Free R. King" and "N-York Dec. 6" (1786) straightline datestamp with "Free" handstamp on folded letter to Samuel Holten in Danvers Mass., Very Fine, Judge Samuel Holten also served in the Continental Congress, including as its president pro tempore, was a signer of the Articles of Confederation and was a member of Congress from Massachusetts

E. 400-500
500
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1044
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Sale 1146, Lot 1044, Early American Free Franks and AutographsMarquis de Lafayette. Revolutionary War hero from France, free frank "Lafayette Mg." on folded cover to General Edwin Vose Sumner at Harrisburg Pa., manuscript "On public Service" at top, July 1781 docketing, silked, otherwise Fine, very scarce Lafayette free frank

E. 750-1,000
3,250
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1045
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1045, Early American Free Franks and AutographsPhilip Livingston. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate to the Continental Congress from New York, clear signature of receipt on Oct. 13, 1766 bill, Very Fine

E. 500-750
350
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1046
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Sale 1146, Lot 1046, Early American Free Franks and AutographsPhilip Livingston. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate to the Continental Congress from New York, May 7, 1764 folded letter from Kingston, Jamaica to future Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler (father-in law to Alexander Hamilton) at Albany N.Y., side panel docketed "Forwarded by your most humb. servt. Phil. Livingston", the letter was sent and signed by Philip Livingston's 25-year old son "Ph. Ph. Livingston", Very Fine, a wonderful letter combining a Signer's signature and a prominent recipient

E. 500-750
700
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1047
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Sale 1146, Lot 1047, Early American Free Franks and AutographsRichard Peters. Delegate to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, Secretary to the Board of War during the Revolution, free frank "War Office, Free Richard Peters" and "On the service of the United States" on 1777 folded cover to Commissary General at Baltimore, faint Philadelphia Jul. 19 straightline on back, file fold and slight staining, still Very Fine and scarce free frank

E. 500-750
900
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1048
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Sale 1146, Lot 1048, Early American Free Franks and AutographsTimothy Pickering. Postmaster General under Washington, Secretary of War (1795), Secretary of State (1795-1800), free frank "Free T. Pickering" on folded cover with July 10, 1797 docketing to John Jay in New York, neat "10/IY" Franklin mark and matching "Free" handstamp, light file fold, Very Fine use as Secretary of State

E. 500-750
400
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1049
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Sale 1146, Lot 1049, Early American Free Franks and AutographsTimothy Pickering. Postmaster General under Washington, Secretary of War (1795), Secretary of State (1795-1800), United States Senator (1803-1811), bold free frank "Free T. Pickering" on folded cover to Duncan Cameron in Stageville N.C., central file fold does not affect free frank, Very Fine, for information on the Cameron family see http://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/00133/

E. 300-400
300
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1050
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Sale 1146, Lot 1050, Early American Free Franks and AutographsJohn Pierce. Paymaster General of U.S. Army (1781-88), "Jn. Pierce Agt." signature on Mar. 1, 1780 folded letter from Morristown N.J. to the Managers of the United States Lottery in Philadelphia, endorsed "p. Genl. (Philip) Schuyler" and "Public Service", slight splitting along folds, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
325
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1051
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Sale 1146, Lot 1051, Early American Free Franks and AutographsJohn Pierce. Free frank "Jno. Pierce Pmg" as Paymaster General on 1786 folded cover to Oliver Wolcott Jr., son of Declaration of Independence signer Oliver Walcott, "N-YORK* Dec. 20" and "Free" straightline handstamps, receipt docketing on Christmas Day by Wolcott, small stain and file folds, Fine and very scarce

E. 200-300
140
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1052
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Sale 1146, Lot 1052, Early American Free Franks and AutographsJohn Pierce. Free frank "Jno. Pierce Pmg" as Paymaster General on 1786 folded cover to Oliver Wolcott Jr., son of Declaration of Independence signer Oliver Walcott, "N-York. Feb: 9" and "Free" straightline handstamps, receipt docketing on back by Wolcott, file folds, Very Fine and very scarce

E. 200-300
100
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1053
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Sale 1146, Lot 1053, Early American Free Franks and AutographsWilliam Pitkin. Chief Justice of the Superior Court of the Colony of Connecticut, Member of the Committee of War, father of the last Colonial Governor of Connecticut, autograph letter signed, datelined "Hartford August 4, 1717" and addressed to Richard Christopher in New London, endorsed "On His Majesty's Service", Very Fine

E. 200-300
550
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1054
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1054, Early American Free Franks and AutographsRoger Sherman. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Association, the Articles of Confederation and the Federal Constitution, signature on 3 x 6.5 in. letter datelined "New Haven Nov. 25th 1786" to State Treasurer John Lawrence regarding a payment owed to Sherman "on the debenture of the Sup. Court of the last circuit", small edge faults, still Fine

E. 400-500
450
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1055
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1055, Early American Free Franks and AutographsBaron Frederick William von Steuben. Prussian-born general, aide to Frederick the Great, instrumental in training and organizing American Revolutionary Army troops, author of Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States (1779), signature "Steuben" on lettersheet datelined New York Feb. 6, 1788, to William Duer, requesting a draft to pay von Stueben's steward, matted and framed with an engraving of von Steuben above, Very Fine and rare

E. 500-750
650
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1056
 
Sale 1146, Lot 1056, Early American Free Franks and AutographsJohn Walley. Early Colonial Massachusetts settler and soldier, Major who commanded the first expeditions against the French and Indians in Canada in 1689 under Sir William Phips, signature "yours John Walley" with fancy flourish on 198mm x 82mm lettersheet datelined "Boston 6 April 1695" to Captain Hill regarding supplies, Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
110
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1057
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Sale 1146, Lot 1057, Early American Free Franks and AutographsOliver Wolcott, Jr. Comptroller of the Treasury from 1791-1795, Secretary of Treasury from 1795-1800 and Governor of Connecticut from 1817-1827, free frank "Free Oliv. Wolcott" on folded cover addressed to "Nathaniel Appleton Esquire, Commr. of loans for the State of Massachusetts, Boston", brown "29/MA" Franklin mark and matching "FREE", 1792 docketing, small piece out at bottom and minor wear, Very Fine

E. 200-300
100
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1058
 
Colonial Autographs & Letters. Group of six signed letters, ranging from 1699-1771, including 1699 autograph letter signed from New York Governor Lord Bellomont (Richard Coote) to Governor of Connecticut, 1755 autograph letter signed from Spencer Phips (twice Governor of Mass.), 1759 autograph letter signed from British Major General John Bradstreet during the French and Indian War, 1766 autograph letter signed from New York Governor George Clinton, 1766 autograph letter signed from Lord Howard sent through the mails, 1771 autograph letter signed from Massachusetts Governor and British General Thomas Gage, Very Fine and interesting group

E. 750-1,000
900
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1059
 
Signers of Declaration of Independence. Three items, first is part printed document signed by William Ellery as collector of port of Newport dated July 25, 1791; second is Benjamin Harrison autograph document signed and dated Richmond Va. April 24, 1786 receipt for tobacco obtained from Col. Rueben Lindsay in partial fulfillment of a bond; third is Philip Livingston autograph document signed and dated New York Feb. 2, 1760 sheet from account book of John Alsop on lower half of which Livingston has recorded a receipt for a fifth of the balance of a ship's account, some slight wear to be expected, Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
700
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