VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND ATRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S "PRESIDENT U.S." FREE FRANK.
After Washington resigned as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, his non-private mail continued to arrive in great volumes. On April 28, 1784, his franking privilege was extended. Technically, he did not receive the right to free frank mail as President until the Act of March 3, 1792 (effective June 1, 1792, and just over three years into his first term), but he began franking in his own particular way as soon as he took office. Washington is the only president to use the "President U.S." form of free frank without a signature.
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A HISTORIC PAIR OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR FLAG-OF-TRUCE LETTERS, ONE SIGNED BY AMERICAN GENERAL "MAD" ANTHONY WAYNE AND THE OTHER BY HIS GEORGIA COUNTERPART IN THE BRITISH ARMY, GENERAL ALURED CLARKE -- WRITTEN JUST BEFORE AND AFTER THE SURRENDER AND EVACUATION OF BRITISH FORCES IN GEORGIA.
While many people think of General Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown in October 1781 as the end of the Revolutionary War, in fact British forces continued to occupy Savannah and Charleston S.C. when this first letter was written by General Alured Clarke, on June 17, 1782. On July 1, a delegation of Savannah merchants crossed the American lines to speak to General Wayne under a flag-of-truce similar to what Clarke was requesting in this letter (possibly even based on Clarke's request here). Clarke's formal surrender occurred shortly thereafter, on July 11. Wayne's August 8 response came shortly after the Americans re-established control of Savannah. These historic letters straddle that surrender and describe General Wayne's grant of a flag-of-truce to Savannah merchants to sell their goods and merchandise free of harassment by American forces.
Anthony Wayne (1745-1796) was one of the most fascinating and colorful generals of the American Revolution. During a military career that began during the Revolution and continued with Indian wars afterward, Wayne was noted for many military exploits and a fiery personality, earning him the sobriquet "Mad" Anthony. For a fine summary of General Wayne's 1782 Savannah campaign, including reference to the July 1 flag-of-truce visit and General Clarke's surrender, see the Journal of the American Revolution (Oct. 9, 2014, https://allthingsliberty.com/2014/10/anthony-waynes-1782-savannah-campaign)