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Sale 1182 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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Category — Colonial and 18th Century

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 1, Colonial and 18th CenturyBoston to Kittery Me., 1749, "Bo 2/4", Boston to Kittery Me., 1749, "Bo 2/4"Boston to Kittery Me., 1749, "Bo 2/4". Clear manuscript postmark and 2sh4p double rate on folded letter from William Pepperell to his father in Kittery, York, business contents, some wear including few patches not affecting markings, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
0
2
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 2, Colonial and 18th CenturyLondon to New York City, 1749, "NY 9dwt", London to New York City, 1749, "NY 9dwt"London to New York City, 1749, "NY 9dwt". Manuscript postmark and triple 3dwt rate on folded cover to James Pemberton in Philadelphia, carried by ship from London to New York and posted there by a forwarder (not treated as a ship letter), "Nov 6 fordd by Yr Hn: Svt. Napy. H. Myers" and receipt docketing "London 24 6mo 1749, Letter from John Huntt", some toning and repairs, unusual usage, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 300-400
225
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3
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 3, Colonial and 18th CenturyNewport R.I. to Philadelphia, 1765, "RId 7 dw", Newport R.I. to Philadelphia, 1765, "RId 7 dw"Newport R.I. to Philadelphia, 1765, "RId 7 dw". Manuscript postmark and 7 dwt rate on folded letter datelined "New Port Rhode Island Feb. 8 (1765)" with docketing confirming the year date, addressed to Thomas Richie in Philadelphia, letter includes discussion of an agreement between the sender, Adam Babcock and future Revolutionary War General and infamous traitor Benedict Arnold, splitting along folds and wear, otherwise Fine Colonial Newport letter, ex Hahn

E. 400-500
475
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4
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 4, Colonial and 18th CenturyPhiladelphia, ca. 1780, "133.8" 40-Times Rate, Philadelphia, ca. 1780, "133.8" 40-Times RatePhiladelphia, ca. 1780, "133.8" 40-Times Rate. Manuscript rate on undated (but likely 1780) folded cover addressed to "The Managers of the United States Lottery Philadelphia," manuscript "133.8" dwt rate (40-times the 3.8dwt single rate, or possibly 20-times the double rate), additional notation "19 -1/3 dollars rec'd by P. Baynton" by the Philadelphia Postmaster which may represent commission from lottery sales, some wear, Fine and rare high-rated cover to the U.S. Lottery, which was one of the mechanisms used to help pay for the Revolutionary War, examples of mail related to its operation are elusive, the added aspect of this being a likely 40-times rate cover (in effect only from May 5 to Dec. 12, 1780) makes it even more desirable

E. 500-750
1,600
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5
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 5, Colonial and 18th CenturyColonial and Confederation Period, 1755-83, Study Collection, Colonial and Confederation Period, 1755-83, Study CollectionColonial and Confederation Period, 1755-83, Study Collection. 11 covers, nice range of dates and markings, originations include Newburyport Mass., Burlington N.J., New York, Philadelphia (1755, privately carried), West River Md., also incoming from Kingston, Jamaica, England to Norfolk Va. and two Falmouth-New York Packet covers (years 1760 and 1762), some flaws to be found but overall an attractive group, each of these was at one time offered as an individual lot in a Siegel auction with a total hammer price of more than $1,700, linked spreadsheet lists the prior lots so bidders can see full descriptions for each cover

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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6
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Early British and European Postal History. Group of 14 diverse items, mostly folded letters sent through the mails, also a couple of letters without covers, we note dates as early as 1685 Boston to Dublin, 1673 to Livorno, Italy, 1699 ship letter from Jamaica to London, others largely from 1700's, some sent between destinations in England, Ireland or Europe including Gibraltar, some faults but overall Fine

E. 400-500
450
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7
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 7, Colonial and 18th CenturyCharles Carroll, Charles CarrollCharles Carroll. Signer of the Declaration of Independence (the sole Catholic Signer), delegate from Maryland (Continental Congress, 1776-78), United States Senator from Maryland (1789-92), autograph letter signed "C. C. of C." and datelined "Annapolis 1st Dec. 1790", Carroll's letter is written on the inside of a folded letter sent to him from Baltimore, clear strike of "Baltimore, nov 28." straightline handstamp, addressed "Honble. Charles Carroll of Carrollton Esq., Annapolis," receipt and answer docketing on flap also in Carroll's hand, some tape stains from split reinforcements, Very Fine, Carroll was the last living Signer (he died in 1832), so free franks are known from him late in his life, this earlier signature during his term as a U.S. Senator is more elusive and desirable

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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8
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 8, Colonial and 18th CenturyJohn Marshall, John MarshallJohn Marshall. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, free frank "J. Marshall" with red manuscript "Free" and "Department of State" on folded cover to Baltimore Md., "Wash City Aug. 17" circular datestamp, Aug. 16, 1800 docketing on flap, small tear at top and faintly toned file fold, Very Fine and scarce free frank from John Marshall as Secretary of State, Marshall held that office for a relatively brief period of time, serving from June 6, 1800 to March 4, 1801, he was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court on Feb. 4, 1801, though he continued to serve in dual capacities, maintaining his post as Secretary of State until the Adams Administration ended on March 4, 1801

E. 1,500-2,000
4,000
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9
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 9, Colonial and 18th CenturyBenjamin Rush, Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate from Pennsylvania (Continental Congress, 1776), one of the foremost physicians of his time, autograph letter datelined June 3, 1768 to Thomas Bradford in Philadelphia and signed "your affectionate friend & humble servant Benjamin Rush", originated in Edinburgh, Scotland, red "JU/4" Bishop's mark, "8/IV" Bishop's mark, manuscript "Inall 1N6" for shilling packet rate and 6p internal postage, "7/SE" Franklin mark and "New/York" two-line arrival handstamp, letter is silked on all sides due to splits throughout, signature is clear, appears Fine

E. 500-750
325
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10
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 10, Colonial and 18th CenturyPennsylvania, ca. 1783 Cover to Anthony Wayne, Pennsylvania, ca. 1783 Cover to Anthony WaynePennsylvania, ca. 1783 Cover to Anthony Wayne. Folded cover without year date addressed to "His Excellency Maj. Genl. A. Wayne, Headquarters", "16/IY" Franklin mark and manuscript "8" rate, back with "to be forwd. to the War Office", manuscript "Forwarded" and "Pittsburg" in same hand, "20" written below original rate for a total of 28, ink erosion and edge faults, otherwise Fine, "Mad" Anthony Wayne was a colorful senior Army General during and after the Revolution, this must be from 1783 or later based on his dates of rank, ex Hahn

E. 200-300
425
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11
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 11, Colonial and 18th CenturyOliver Wolcott, Jr, Oliver Wolcott, JrOliver Wolcott, Jr. Son of Signor Oliver Wolcott, 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, also includes a second cover, free frank "Jno. Pierce Pmg" (John Pierce) as Paymaster General on 1786 folded cover to Oliver Wolcott Jr., "N-York. Feb: 9" and "Free" straightline handstamps, receipt docketing on back by Wolcott, file folds, Very Fine and very scarce, ex Hahn

E. 300-400
400
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12
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Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 12, Colonial and 18th CenturyWar of 1812 Military District Free Frank, War of 1812 Military District Free FrankWar of 1812 Military District Free Frank. Folded cover endorsed "Publick Service, Simon Bruton Col., 2nd Regt. detachd M.N. 6" and addressed to Major General Calvin Jones in Raleigh N.C., some wear including repaired splitting along horizontal file fold, still Fine, the franking privilege in this case was owned by the recipient of the letter; during the War of 1812, certain department heads in the ten established military districts were given the franking privilege, the "M.N. 6" of the endorsement refers to Military Area No. 6, which included North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 200-300
140
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