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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 March, 2019

Category — Colonial & 19th Century

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
511
 
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 511, Colonial & 19th CenturyColonial Period Slave Rental Document, Colonial Period Slave Rental DocumentColonial Period Slave Rental Document. Oct. 15, 1767 rental agreement for the "Negro Primus" to work for four days on the sloop Venus at a cost of 10 pounds, paid in sugar, signed Edward Rhodes, Very Fine

E. 200-300
250
512
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 512, Colonial & 19th Century1769, Newburyport to Marblehead, 1769, Newburyport to Marblehead1769, Newburyport to Marblehead. Folded letter datelined "Newbury Port Jany. 7, 1769" and addressed to Marblehead, manuscript "N.P. 1.8" postmark (1dwt 8 gr) rate for the 4p inland rate, fresh and Very Fine, in 1768-69 much commercial activity relocated from Boston to Salem, Marblehead and Newburyport to avoid the odious Stamp Act levy

E. 200-300
160
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513
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 513, Colonial & 19th Century1770, London, England to New Haven via Boston, 1770, London, England to New Haven via Boston1770, London, England to New Haven via Boston. Folded cover docketed "Letter 23 Jany. 1770" to New Haven Conn., manuscript "Sh 8.16" (8dwt 16gr) ship-letter rate for triple the 2.16 inland charge plus 16gr ship captain's fee, red "BOSTON" straightline handstamp and "19 AP" Franklin mark on top flap, light vertical file fold, Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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514
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 514, Colonial & 19th Century1770, Tortola to Newport, 1770, Tortola to Newport1770, Tortola to Newport. Folded bill of sale datelined "Tortola July 10th 1770" from Peter Smith, addressed to Samuel and William Vernon in Newport, small loop at upper right is probably part of address salutation (but has also been described as a "9" rate marking), some splitting along folds, Very Fine, the Newport Mercury of July 23 noted the arrival of the ship Two Brothers commanded by Capt. Tillinghast from the West Indies, this is reported to be the earliest use from Tortola

E. 300-400
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515
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 515, Colonial & 19th Century1773, Philadelphia to London, England via New York, 1773, Philadelphia to London, England via New York1773, Philadelphia to London, England via New York. Folded cover addressed to Thomas Penn in London, red "PHILA/DELPHIA" two-line handstamp and faint red Franklin mark, "NEW-YORK" handstamp and "6 AP" Franklin mark, additional postage charged for weight indicated by manuscript red "To Pay 1/" rate, scarce "IND. AND PACT./POSTAGE" two-line handstamp with manuscript "3N" for total packet charge, London "28/MA" (May 28) Bishop's receiving mark, horizontal file fold, slight wear, Very Fine, Thomas Penn was the son of William Penn and a bitter adversary of Benjamin Franklin

E. 750-1,000
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516
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 516, Colonial & 19th Century1773, Marcoux, St. Croix to Newport via Boston, 1773, Marcoux, St. Croix to Newport via Boston1773, Marcoux, St. Croix to Newport via Boston. Folded cover with "Marcoux 8 Oct. 1773" docketing, addressed to Samuel William Vernon in Newport, red "BOSTON" straightline handstamp with matching "15 NO" Franklin mark, manuscript forwarder's notation "Boston Nov. 15 received under cover & forwarded by your most hum Serv Isaac Winslow", "2" dwt charge for inland postage from Boston to Newport, some minor soiling, some splitting along folds, Very Fine, the ship's captain did not get a fee since this was sent via forwarder

E. 300-400
650
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517
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 517, Colonial & 19th Century1776, Newburyport to Philadelphia, 1776, Newburyport to Philadelphia1776, Newburyport to Philadelphia. Folded letter datelined "Newbury Port April 16th 1776" and addressed to Philadelphia, manuscript "N Port 4.16" postmark pays the 4dwt 16gr rate between 401 and 500 miles, manuscript "2/2" due in local currency, interesting letter mentions "We have a rumor that the Congress have opened the channels of trade to all foreign ports, this step is what I have long expected", some splitting along vertical file fold, Very Fine

E. 300-400
550
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518
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 518, Colonial & 19th Century1779, Philadelphia to Boston -- "12" dwt 1779 Inflation Rate, 1779, Philadelphia to Boston -- "12" dwt 1779 Inflation Rate1779, Philadelphia to Boston -- "12" dwt 1779 Inflation Rate. Folded cover with enclosure datelined "Philadelphia 21 Dembr. 1779", to Boston with manuscript "12" dwt rate (1775 rates plus 50%, then doubled), Very Fine, scarce inflation rate per the Act of April 16, 1779, see Siegel Sale 1090, lot 2019, for the mate to this cover

E. 300-400
425
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519
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 519, Colonial & 19th Century1780, Portsmouth, England to Quebec, Canada, 1780, Portsmouth, England to Quebec, Canada1780, Portsmouth, England to Quebec, Canada. Folded letter datelined "Portsmouth 15th April 1780", addressed to Quebec with sender's directive "Of His Majesty's Ship Dana Capt. Graves", manuscript "2d" ship rate, file folds and some minor edge splitting, Fine, ex Arnell

E. 400-500
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520
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 520, Colonial & 19th Century1787, Cayenne, French Guiana to New York via Salem, 1787, Cayenne, French Guiana to New York via Salem1787, Cayenne, French Guiana to New York via Salem. Folded letter datelined "Cayenne 17 Octobre 1787" and addressed to Nicholas Low in New York, sender's directive "Pr. Steamer 'Polly', Capt. Williams via Boston" at lower left, the Polly landed instead at Salem where bold "SALEM" straightline handstamp and "31 DE" Franklin mark were applied, red "Sh 4" (4 dwt) due translated to "2/-" shillings in local currency, vertical file fold, some slight wear, Very Fine and attractive use thru Salem

E. 300-400
325
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521
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 521, Colonial & 19th Century1787, St. Croix to Norwich Conn, 1787, St. Croix to Norwich Conn1787, St. Croix to Norwich Conn. Folded letter datelined "St. Croix 2nd December 1787" and addressed to the postmaster at Norwich Conn., sender's directive "pr Capt. Gardiner, Philadelphia" at lower left, neat "I IA" Franklin mark and "FREE" handstamp, some wear, still Very Fine and very rare, carried privately to Philadelphia where it entered the mails free of charge

E. 300-400
400
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522
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Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 522, Colonial & 19th Century1789, Havre, France to Philadelphia via Boston, 1789, Havre, France to Philadelphia via Boston1789, Havre, France to Philadelphia via Boston. Folded letter datelined "Havre 23 Janvier 1789" and addressed to Philadelphia, manuscript "Sh. 3.16" 3dwt 16gr ship-letter rate, brown "BOSTON" straightline handstamp and "21 MA" Franklin mark, light file folds, Very Fine and attractive

E. 200-300
225
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523
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 523, Colonial & 19th Century1791, Newport R.I. to Boston, 1791, Newport R.I. to Boston1791, Newport R.I. to Boston. Neat strike of brown "NEWPORT" straightline handstamp and manuscript "1.8" 1dwt 8gr rate on folded letter datelined "Newport Octobr. 31, 1791" to the Consul General of France in Boston, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
250
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