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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768

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2023
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2023, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(London, England, to Perth Amboy N.J. via Boston, Mar, (London, England, to Perth Amboy N.J. via Boston, Mar(London, England, to Perth Amboy N.J. via Boston, Mar. 24, 1755) "Bsn dwt 15 g 16". Manuscript postmark and 15dwt 16gr rate on folded letter datelined Dec. 24, 1754 from London to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Perth Amboy N.J., sender's route directive "via Boston", edgewear and some internal splits, otherwise Fine example of a multiple rate and a 16gr ship fee

E. 300-400
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2024
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2024, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(Boston to Salisbury Mass., Apr, (Boston to Salisbury Mass., Apr(Boston to Salisbury Mass., Apr. 8, 1755) "Bo dwt 1-8". Manuscript postmark and 1dwt 8gr rate on small folded letter datelined April 28, 1755 to Salisbury Mass., Very Fine, shortly after the beginning of the administrations of Benjamin Franklin and William Hunter as Deputy Postmasters General in 1753, they instructed postmasters to rate all letters in pennyweights and grains of coined silver, in an attempt to eliminate confusion from the use of different currencies in different colonies, Franklin also published rates for letters sent from Boston to various towns, this 1755 letter is an early example of the official "currency of account" use of pennyweights and grains

E. 400-500
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2025
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2025, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(Boston to Newport R.I, (Boston to Newport R.I(Boston to Newport R.I., June 9, 1755) "Bo dwt 4.16". Manuscript postmark and 4dwt 16gr rate on small folded letter datelined June 9, 1755 to Newport R.I., Very Fine, shortly after the beginning of the administrations of Benjamin Franklin and William Hunter as Deputy Postmasters General in 1753, they instructed postmasters to rate all letters in pennyweights and grains of coined silver, in an attempt to eliminate confusion from the use of different currencies in different colonies, Franklin also published rates for letters sent from Boston to various towns, this 1755 letter is an early example of the official "currency of account" use of pennyweights and grains

E. 300-400
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2026
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2026, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768, (England to Philadelphia via Boston, June 13, 1758) "Bos Sh 7dwt 16grs". Manuscript ship-letter postmark and 7dwt plus 16grs rate on folded cover to John Reynell in Philadelphia, forwarder’s notation “Boston June 31st [sic] 1758 Rec’d and Forwarded by Sr Your most hu. servt. Nath. Barney”, receipt docketing “From John Barrell jnr., Rece’d 12 of 7 mon: 1758”, small edge nick at top, slightly toned file fold, Fine, Nathaniel Barney is probably an ancestor of the prominent Quaker abolitionist of the same name, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania (deaccession)

E. 200-300
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2027
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2027, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(Boston to Newport R.I., Nov, (Boston to Newport R.I., Nov(Boston to Newport R.I., Nov. 19, 1759) "Bo: 2 dwt". Manuscript postmark and 2dwt rate on Nov. 19, 1759 datelined folded letter to Newport R.I., barely toned along edges at sides, Very Fine appearing Boston Colonial letter using the official "currency of account" pennyweights and grains of coined silver, 2dwt was the published rate for a single letter sent 60-100 miles

E. 300-400
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2028
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2028, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(New London Conn. to Boston, forwarded to New Castle N.H, (New London Conn. to Boston, forwarded to New Castle N.H(New London Conn. to Boston, forwarded to New Castle N.H., June 26, 1760) "N L 3 dwt". Manuscript postmark and 3 dwt rate in red pen on June 26, 1760 datelined folded letter from New London to Boston, forwarded to New Castle N.H. with total due expressed as "4 - 8" (4dwt 8gr), Very Fine, the 3dwt initial rate represents the published postage between Boston and Connecticut, an additional 1dwt 8gr was due for forwarding up to 60 miles

E. 300-400
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2029
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2029, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(Boston to Philadelphia, Dec, (Boston to Philadelphia, Dec(Boston to Philadelphia, Dec. 24, 1760) "Bos. dwt 14". Manuscript postmark and 14dwt rate on folded cover to Philadelphia, receipt docketing on flap, Very Fine, 14dwt was the published rate from Boston to Philadelphia under the 1711 Queen Anne Act for a double sheet

E. 300-400
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2030
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2030, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768, (Boston to Philadelphia, June 10, 1761) "postage paid dwt 7". Manuscript prepaid marking and 7dwt rate on small folded cover to Philadelphia, receipt docketing on flap, Very Fine, 7dwt was the published rate from Boston to Philadelphia under the 1711 Queen Anne Act for a single sheet

E. 300-400
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2031
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2031, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(Boston to Providence R.I, (Boston to Providence R.I(Boston to Providence R.I., March 7, 1763) "Bo: 1-8". Manuscript postmark and 1dwt 8gr rate on March 7, 1863 docketed folded cover to Providence R.I., slightly toned file fold, Very Fine appearing Boston Colonial letter using the official "currency of account" pennyweights and grains of coined silver

E. 300-400
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2032
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2032, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(London, England, to Newport R.I, (London, England, to Newport R.I(London, England, to Newport R.I. via Boston, June 7, 1763) "Bosn dwt 2 gr 16". Manuscript postmark and 2dwt 16gr rate on June 7, 1763 datelined folded letter from London to Newport R.I. via Boston, manuscript "p Capt. Hunter" of the ship Devonshire at bottom, Very Fine Boston Colonial letter using the official "currency of account" pennyweights and grains of coined silver, 2dwt was the published rate for a single letter sent 60-100 miles, this cover was charged an additional 16gr ship fee

E. 300-400
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2033
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2033, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(London, England, to Newport R.I, (London, England, to Newport R.I(London, England, to Newport R.I. via Boston, May 24, 1764) "Bosn 4.16". Manuscript postmark and 4dwt 16gr rate on May 24, 1764 datelined folded letter from London to Newport R.I. via Boston, manuscript "p Capt. Jarvis" of the ship Hannah at bottom, old mathematical notations on back, fresh and Very Fine Boston Colonial letter using the official "currency of account" pennyweights and grains of coined silver, 4dwt was the published rate for a double letter sent 60-100 miles, this cover was charged an additional 16gr ship fee

E. 300-400
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2034
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2034, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(Boston to New York, Mar, (Boston to New York, Mar(Boston to New York, Mar. 18, 1765) "Bo 4". Manuscript postmark and 4dwt rate on Mar. 18, 1765 datelined folded letter to New York, red manuscript "1/0" one shilling restated in local currency (4dwt = 12p or 1sh), slight soiling, still Very Fine, 4dwt was the published rate for a single letter sent from Boston to New York

E. 300-400
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2035
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2035, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(Boston to Newport R.I., Apr, (Boston to Newport R.I., Apr(Boston to Newport R.I., Apr. 6, 1768) "Bo - 2". Manuscript postmark and 2dwt rate on folded letter to Newport R.I., minor internal splits, Very Fine the 2dwt rate was for a letter sent between 60-100 miles

E. 300-400
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2036
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2036, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768(Amsterdam, Holland to Newport R.I. via Boston, Jul, (Amsterdam, Holland to Newport R.I. via Boston, Jul(Amsterdam, Holland to Newport R.I. via Boston, Jul. 22, 1768) "Bo.sh.2.16." Manuscript postmark (Boston Ship) and 2dwt, 16gr rate on folded letter datelined at Amsterdam on Jul. 22, 1768 and addressed to Newport R.I., Very Fine the 2dwt 16gr rate was for a letter sent between 60-100 miles, including a 16gr ship fee

E. 300-400
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2037
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2037, Early Boston Postal History: 1755-1768Tuthill Hubbart, Last Royal Postmaster of Boston (1756-1776), Tuthill Hubbart, Last Royal Postmaster of Boston (1756-1776)Tuthill Hubbart, Last Royal Postmaster of Boston (1756-1776). Bold signature "Tuthill Hubbart" on front side of postal invoice dated Sep. 25, 1769 for the account of Messrs Poole & Clarke in Boston, for postal charges for the first half of 1769 (based on the new 1765 Act of King George III), some minor edge and corner nicks, the signature is Very Fine, the Act of King George III retained the basic 1dwt 8gr and 2dwt charges for inland letters sent up to 60 miles and between 60-100 miles (first established under the 1711 Queen Anne Act) -- for greater distances the 1765 Act instituted new charges of 16gr per additional 100 miles

E. 500-750
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