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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: War of 1812

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2074
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2074, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812, "Opened by the Commander of the La Hogue", War of 1812 Captured Letter. Manuscript notation at top of folded letter to New York referring to (though may or may not have been written by) La Hogue Captain Thomas Bladen Capel, letter datelined "Glasgow 12th Decr. 1812", with partly clear strike of Glasgow boxed datestamp (Dec. 13), carried from Liverpool by the ship Henry around March 1813, the Henry was captured by La Hogue en route and its cargo and letters taken to Vice Admiralty Court in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it was cleared on June 15 and the letter released, upon arrival in Boston lightly struck with red "Boston Ms. Jun. 26?" circular datestamp and rated "17" cents due in manuscript for the distance to New York

VERY FINE WAR OF 1812 LETTER SENT FROM SCOTLAND TO NEW YORK, CAPTURED EN ROUTE BY THE BRITISH ROYAL NAVY AND TAKEN TO VICE ADMIRALTY COURT IN NOVA SCOTIA, BEFORE BEING RELEASED.

The HMS La Hogue was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the British Royal Navy. It was launched on October 3, 1811, and was named for the 1692 Battle of La Hogue. According to the 1922 book The Blackwell Frigates by Basil Lubbock, "The La Hogue of 1811...sported a green and chocolate lion, its grinning mouth displaying rows of white teeth and a huge red tongue." During the War of 1812, while under the command of Thomas Bladen Capel, La Hogue was active in capturing American privateers and other vessels attempting to reach America.

Illustrated in Chronicle No. 264 (p. 327)

E. 2,000-3,000
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2075
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2075, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812(Boston to Wakefield, N.H., Aug. 31, 1815), (Boston to Wakefield, N.H., Aug. 31, 1815)(Boston to Wakefield, N.H., Aug. 31, 1815). Partly clear strike of red "Boston Ms. Aug. 31" (1815) circular datestamp on small folded letter to Wakefield N.H., endorsed "Free E Jones Collect. Revenue" so no postage was necessary, though this was sent during the War of 1812 surcharge rate period, Very Fine, free franks were not affected by the 50% rate increases brought about by the war

E. 300-400
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2076
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2076, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812Boston, War of 1812 50% Surcharge Rate Period, Drop Letter, Boston, War of 1812 50% Surcharge Rate Period, Drop LetterBoston, War of 1812 50% Surcharge Rate Period, Drop Letter. Folded letter datelined Aug. 21, 1815 and addressed to Boston, red manuscript "1" drop rate, Very Fine and rare, only four drop letters are known correctly rated during this period, despite this being posted during the War of 1812 surcharge rate period, drop letters were not affected by the 50% rate increases brought about by the war

E. 500-750
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2077
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2077, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812(Boston to New Haven Conn., Jul. 27, 1815) 50% War Rate Surcharge, (Boston to New Haven Conn., Jul. 27, 1815) 50% War Rate Surcharge(Boston to New Haven Conn., Jul. 27, 1815) 50% War Rate Surcharge. Legal-size folded letter datelined Jul. 26, 1815, red "Boston Ms Jul. 27" circular datestamp with manuscript "76-1/2" cents 50% War of 1812 surcharge rate, addressed to New Haven Conn., some minor edge tears or wear, Fine and scarce high rate during this period, the 76-1/2 cents paid 50% over the triple rate for a letter sent 150-300 miles

E. 400-500
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2078
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2078, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812(Liverpool, England, to Providence R.I. via Boston by Cartel Ship, 1815) "Liverpool Withdrawn Ship Letter", (Liverpool, England, to Providence R.I. via Boston by Cartel Ship, 1815) "Liverpool Withdrawn Ship Letter"(Liverpool, England, to Providence R.I. via Boston by Cartel Ship, 1815) "Liverpool Withdrawn Ship Letter". Folded letter datelined at Liverpool on April 19, 1815, backstamped with red "Liverpool Post Paid Withdrawn Ship Letter May 19, 1815" with crown double-circle datestamp, except for the crown portion this is a clear strike (the Liverpool version of this marking is usually poorly struck) manuscript "p 9" pence British prepaid rate, carried on the Milo to Boston and upon arrival struck with red "SHIP" straightline and rated in manuscript "17" cents 50% War of 1812 surcharge rate plus 2c ship fee, crossed out and re-rated "9", June 9 docketing at top, Very Fine use sent shortly after the peace was ratified and the British blockade was lifted (March 6, 1815), the Withdrawn Ship Letter marking was a result of the British Act of Sep. 17, 1814, which authorized the sending of letters abroad by private conveyance upon payment of one-third of the packet rate, the letter was presented at the post office and then "withdrawn" for placement on a cartel ship, the marking was in use for only 10 months before the Act was revoked on Jul. 11, 1815, this is a very late use

E. 1,500-2,000
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2079
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2079, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812(London, England, to Frederick Md. via Boston by Cartel Ship, 1815) "London Withdrawn Ship Letter", (London, England, to Frederick Md. via Boston by Cartel Ship, 1815) "London Withdrawn Ship Letter"(London, England, to Frederick Md. via Boston by Cartel Ship, 1815) "London Withdrawn Ship Letter". Folded letter datelined at London on Feb. 16, 1815, addressed to Frederick Md., prepaid "8-1/2" pence to London with "London Post Paid Withdrawn Ship Letter 1815" (unclear date) with crown double-circle datestamp on flap, carried by cartel ship Isabel to Boston where stuck with red "Boston Ms. May 13" circular datestamp and matching "SHIP" straightline, manuscript rate "32" cents 50% War of 1812 surcharge rate plus 2c ship fee, some minor toning and small tear at bottom, back is torn where opened affecting the Withdrawn Ship marking but it is complete, Very Fine use arriving shortly after the peace was ratified and the British blockade was lifted (March 6, 1815), the Withdrawn Ship Letter marking was a result of the British Act of Sep. 17, 1814, which authorized the sending of letters abroad by private conveyance upon payment of one-third of the packet rate, the letter was presented at the post office and then "withdrawn" for placement on a cartel ship, the marking was in use for only 10 months before the Act was revoked on Jul. 11, 1815

E. 750-1,000
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2080
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2080, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812(Boston to Newburyport Mass., Apr. 22, 1816) War of 1812 Restored Rate, (Boston to Newburyport Mass., Apr. 22, 1816) War of 1812 Restored Rate(Boston to Newburyport Mass., Apr. 22, 1816) War of 1812 Restored Rate. Folded letter datelined at Boston on Apr. 22, 1816, red "Boston Ms. Apr. 22" circular datestamp and manuscript "8" cents Restored Rate postage for a letter sent less than 40 miles, file fold and minor edge soiling, Very Fine, on February 1, 1816 Congress repealed the 50% War Rate surcharge effective March 31, Restored Rate covers are even more elusive than 50% War Rate covers because the repeal lasted only one month -- until April 30, 1816, when completely new rates were introduced

E. 400-500
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2081
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2081, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812(London, England, to Pawtucket R.I. via Boston, Apr. 25, 1816) War of 1812 Restored Rate, (London, England, to Pawtucket R.I. via Boston, Apr. 25, 1816) War of 1812 Restored Rate(London, England, to Pawtucket R.I. via Boston, Apr. 25, 1816) War of 1812 Restored Rate. Folded letter datelined at London on March 5, 1816 and addressed to Pawtucket R.I., ship name directive at bottom for the Galen (Charles Tracy, Master), entered mails with red "Boston Ms. Apr. 25" circular datestamp and matching "SHIP" straightline, manuscript "10" cents Restored Rate postage for a letter sent less than 40 miles plus 2c ship fee, minor soiling, Very Fine, on February 1, 1816 Congress repealed the 50% War Rate surcharge effective March 31, Restored Rate covers are even more elusive than 50% War Rate covers because the repeal lasted only one month -- until April 30, 1816, when completely new rates were introduced, this is one of only seven such incoming ship covers recorded by Mark Schwartz

E. 400-500
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2082
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2082, Early Boston Postal History: War of 1812(Newcastle, England, to Dedham Mass., Apr. 30, 1816), Last Day of War of 1812 Restored Rate, (Newcastle, England, to Dedham Mass., Apr. 30, 1816), Last Day of War of 1812 Restored Rate(Newcastle, England, to Dedham Mass., Apr. 30, 1816), Last Day of War of 1812 Restored Rate. Folded letter datelined at Newcastle on Feb. 27, 1816 and addressed to Dedham Mass., entered mails with red "Boston Ms. Apr. 30" last day Restored Rate circular datestamp and matching "SHIP" straightline, manuscript "10" cents postage for a letter sent less than 40 miles plus 2c ship fee, Very Fine, on February 1, 1816 Congress repealed the 50% War Rate surcharge effective March 31, Restored Rate covers are even more elusive than 50% War Rate covers because the repeal lasted only one month -- until April 30, 1816, when this letter was posted at Boston and completely new rates were introduced (there was a new rate of 10c rate for distances of 31-80 miles, but Dedham is only 15-20 miles from Boston so this was clearly charged under the old rate, as the new rate would have been 6c)

E. 500-750
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