FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE JOHN HANCOCK FREE FRANK AS PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. THIS WAS SENT JUST FOUR DAYS BEFORE THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS ADJOURNED TO MOVE TO LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA.
On September 11, 1777, the British defeated Washington's forces at the Battle of Brandywine, and British troops started advancing towards Philadelphia. On the 18th, just four days after this was mailed, the Continental Congress adjourned, moving to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The British marched into Philadelphia on September 26. The Continental Congress convened for a day in Lancaster before moving to York, where they remained until late June 1778.
The docketing refers to the movement of American troops to Peekskill, which was a strategic location in Westchester County N.Y., whose mills provided gunpowder, leather, wood, flour and other critical supplies, which could be transported on the Hudson River to garrisons preventing the British from reaching Albany. Its importance led to British raids, including one in early 1777. On October 6, 1777, British forces successfully attacked two forts in the area and made their way as far north as Kingston before being recalled.
FINE. A RARE FREE FRANK OF HENRY LAURENS AS PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, SENT FROM YORK, PENNSYLVANIA WHILE THE BRITISH OCCUPIED PHILADELPHIA.
Laurens succeeded John Hancock as President of the Continental Congress when Hancock resigned due to poor health. This free frank sent to his home state, to the first governor of North Carolina, is a wonderful artifact.
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FREE FRANK OF SAMUEL HUNTINGTON AS PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.
Huntington was President of the Continental Congress when the Articles of Confederation was ratified. His free frank as President is extremely rare.
VERY FINE. A RARE RICHARD HENRY LEE FREE FRANK AS PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.
Lee is perhaps best known for the Lee Resolution, the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for independence from Great Britain, which led to the Declaration of Independence.