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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: 1777-1792

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Cat./Est. Value
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2048
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2048, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to Portsmouth N.H., May 7, 1778), (Boston to Portsmouth N.H., May 7, 1778)(Boston to Portsmouth N.H., May 7, 1778). Manuscript "Postage 1/-" with 3dwt rate on folded letter datelined May 7, 1778 and addressed to Portsmouth N.H., minor soiling, Very Fine, the Resolution of the Continental Congress of October 17, 1777 set rates 50% higher than those of the King George Act of 1765, reflecting a decrease in the value of Continental currency, this 3dwt rate reflects the premium applied to the 2dwt rate for a letter sent between 60-100 miles, the equivalent local currency equates to 10p but the "Postage" marking here appears to be 1 shilling

E. 400-500
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2049
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2049, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to Falmouth Maine, Jan, (Boston to Falmouth Maine, Jan(Boston to Falmouth Maine, Jan. 7, 1779) "Way 4". Manuscript marking with 4dwt rate on small folded letter datelined at Boston on Jan. 7, 1779 and addressed to Falmouth Maine, Very Fine and scarce Revolutionary War "Way" cover, which was handed to a mail carrier between post offices, the rate of 4dwt was for a single letter sent between 100-200 miles, with the 50% premium under the Oct. 17, 1777 Resolution of the Continental Congress

E. 750-1,000
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2050
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2050, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to Fredericksburg Va., Nov. 11, 1779), (Boston to Fredericksburg Va., Nov. 11, 1779)(Boston to Fredericksburg Va., Nov. 11, 1779). Folded cover docketed "Boston 11 Nov. 1779" and addressed to Fredericksburg Va., manuscript "18" dwt rate, slight soiling, still Very Fine and scarce high rate for a cover from Boston during the Revolutionary War, the April 16, 1779 Resolution of the Second Continental Congress doubled the rates that were in effect from 1777, due to the further devaluation of Continental currency, the 18dwt charge on this cover was for a distance of 600-700 miles

E. 750-1,000
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2051
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2051, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to New Haven Conn. Oct. 4, 1781), (Boston to New Haven Conn. Oct. 4, 1781)(Boston to New Haven Conn. Oct. 4, 1781). Folded letter datelined at Boston on Oct. 4, 1781 and addressed to New Haven Conn., manuscript "8" dwt rate and local currency stated as "5/6 B" (5sh, 6p, the "B" might denote "Boston" or perhaps "Boat"), internal splits and worn file folds, otherwise Fine, after a series of postal rate increases in 1779-80, rates were briefly reduced beginning in December 1780, then on February 24, 1781, in one of the last acts of the Second Continental Congress, rates were set at "double the sums paid before the commencement of the present war", illustrated in Chronicle No. 264 (p. 311)

E. 500-750
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2052
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2052, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to Portsmouth N.H., Dec. 26, 1782) "BOSTON", (Boston to Portsmouth N.H., Dec. 26, 1782) "BOSTON"(Boston to Portsmouth N.H., Dec. 26, 1782) "BOSTON". Beautiful bold strike of red straightline handstamp with matching "26/DE" Franklin mark on diminutive folded letter datelined at Concord N.H. on Dec. 1, 1782 and addressed to Declaration of Independence Signer William Whipple, manuscript "2" dwt rate for 60-100 miles, Extremely Fine strike of this early Confederation period Boston straightline and desirable use to a Signer, illustrated in Chronicle No. 264 (p. 313)

E. 750-1,000
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2053
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2053, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to New Milford Conn., Feb. 13, 1783) "BOSTON", (Boston to New Milford Conn., Feb. 13, 1783) "BOSTON"(Boston to New Milford Conn., Feb. 13, 1783) "BOSTON". Clear strike of red straightline handstamp with matching "13/FE" Franklin mark, manuscript "2 16" (2dwt 16gr) rate for 100-200 miles on folded letter datelined Feb. 13, 1783 and addressed to New Milford Conn., tiny tear on file fold at bottom, Very Fine Boston straightline use during the early Confederation period

E. 400-500
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2054
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2054, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to Philadelphia, June 17, 1783) "BOSTON", (Boston to Philadelphia, June 17, 1783) "BOSTON"(Boston to Philadelphia, June 17, 1783) "BOSTON". Clear strike of straightline handstamp in brownish black ink with bold "19/IV" (June 19) Franklin mark on June 17, 1783 datelined folded letter to Confederation Congressman Samuel Holton in Philadelphia, sender may also have been a member of Congress (Phillips White?) but the signature is unclear, gently cleaned, Very Fine example of mail sent free to a member of Congress while actually attending Congress during the Confederation period, Holton was a member from Massachusetts who later served in the U.S. Congress

E. 400-500
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2055
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2055, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Amsterdam, Holland to Glastonbury Conn. via Boston, May 1, 1783) "BOSTON", (Amsterdam, Holland to Glastonbury Conn. via Boston, May 1, 1783) "BOSTON"(Amsterdam, Holland to Glastonbury Conn. via Boston, May 1, 1783) "BOSTON". Straightline handstamp struck in a brownish black ink with matching "1/MA" (May 1) Franklin mark on folded letter datelined in Amsterdam on Feb. 1, 1783, addressed to Glastonbury Conn., manuscript "Sh [numeral crossed out] 11.8" (11dwt 8gr) for a one ounce ship letter sent between 100-200 miles, including a 16gr ship fee, faintly toned file fold, still Very Fine

E. 400-500
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2056
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2056, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792, "Free Jon Hastings, Post Master Boston". Three covers bearing a Hastings free frank, who was the first U.S. Postmaster of Boston (served from 1776-1808), first from 1784 without additional postal markings, edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, second from May 23, 1796 with black "Free" handstamp, "BOSTON" straightline and "23/MA" Franklin mark on small folded letter to New York, Very Fine and reported to be the earliest example of the second type of "Free" handstamp used at Boston, third free frank at top of Feb. 4, 1804 datelined folded letter, red "Boston Ms. Feb. 12" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp and addressed to Norwich Conn., some slight edgewear and internal foxing, appears Very Fine, reported to be the latest recorded use of the second type "Free" handstamp

E. 750-1,000
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2057
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2057, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(London, England, to Providence R.I. via Boston, Apr. 30, 1787) "BOSTON", (London, England, to Providence R.I. via Boston, Apr. 30, 1787) "BOSTON"(London, England, to Providence R.I. via Boston, Apr. 30, 1787) "BOSTON". Clear strike of straightline handstamp in brownish black with matching "30/AP" Franklin mark, manuscript "Sh 2" (Ship, 2dwt) rate on folded letter datelined at London on Jan. 15, 1787 and addressed to Providence R.I., ship name directive at bottom for the Neptune (John Scott master), fresh and Very Fine with markings boldly struck, the Ordinance of the Confederation Congress of October 18, 1787 continued the rates established by the Second Continental Congress, this Boston straightline is known in brown black from March 10, to August 6, 1787, illustrated in Chronicle No. 264 (p. 314)

E. 400-500
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2058
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2058, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to Norwich Conn., May 7, 1787) "BOSTON. FREE", (Boston to Norwich Conn., May 7, 1787) "BOSTON. FREE"(Boston to Norwich Conn., May 7, 1787) "BOSTON. FREE". Matching straightline handstamps, the "FREE" of the first style used at Boston, with "7/MA" (May 7) Franklin mark on May 7, 1787 datelined folded invoice and letter to Norwich Conn., slight toning at edge and along file fold, still Very Fine markings, sent free as it was addressed to Connecticut postmaster Dudley Woodbridge, the first postmaster of Norwich, illustrated in Chronicle No. 264 (p. 315)

E. 400-500
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2059
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2059, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to Albany N.Y., May 5, 1787) "BOSTON", (Boston to Albany N.Y., May 5, 1787) "BOSTON"(Boston to Albany N.Y., May 5, 1787) "BOSTON". Straightline handstamp with matching partly clear strike of "5/MA" Franklin mark, manuscript "4.16" rate for 300-400 miles on docketed folded cover to Albany N.Y., rate restated in local currency as "2/4" (2sh 4p, which is double the standard conversion of 14p, or 1sh2p), Very Fine Boston straightline use during the Confederation period

E. 300-400
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2060
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2060, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to Philadelphia, Sep. 30, 1787) "BOSTON", (Boston to Philadelphia, Sep. 30, 1787) "BOSTON"(Boston to Philadelphia, Sep. 30, 1787) "BOSTON". Clear strike of larger brownish black straightline handstamp with matching bold "30/SE" Franklin mark, manuscript "4" (dwt) rate for 300-400 miles on docketed folded cover to Philadelphia, rate restated in local currency as "1/10" (4dwt = 12p x 1.67 inflation factor = 20p + 2p carrier fee = 22p or 1sh10p), Very Fine Boston straightline use during the Confederation period

E. 300-400
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2061
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2061, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(St. Pierre and Miquelon to Philadelphia via Boston, Dec. 30, 1787) "BOSTON", (St. Pierre and Miquelon to Philadelphia via Boston, Dec. 30, 1787) "BOSTON"(St. Pierre and Miquelon to Philadelphia via Boston, Dec. 30, 1787) "BOSTON". Clear strike of brownish black straightline handstamp with matching "9/AP" (Apr. 9) Franklin mark on folded letter written in exceptionally beautiful script datelined Dec. 30, 1787 from St. Pierre and Miquelon to Philadelphia, manuscript "3" (dwt) rate for postage due in Philadelphia, slightly toned file fold, otherwise Very Fine

E. 400-500
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2062
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2062, Early Boston Postal History: 1777-1792(Boston to New York, June 28, 1789) "BOSTON", (Boston to New York, June 28, 1789) "BOSTON"(Boston to New York, June 28, 1789) "BOSTON". Clear strike of straightline handstamp with matching "23/IV" (June 23) Franklin mark on fresh June 26, 1789 datelined folded letter to the Hon. George Thatcher "In Congress", fresh and Extremely Fine, this was sent free of postage under the Resolution of the Confederation Congress of October 20, 1787, which reduced postal rates and provided for the free franking of mail to or from members of Congress while actually attending Congress, Thatcher was a prominent statesman from Maine (at the time a district of Massachusetts), he served in the Continental Congress, the Confederation Congress and the U.S. Congress before a lengthy stint on the Massachusetts Supreme Court

E. 400-500
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