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Sale 1218 — The "Dubois" Collection of Important Prestamp Covers and Postal Markings of British North America, 1694-1861

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

Category — Great Britain to New Brunswick

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2130
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2130, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Inbound folded letter to John Saunders with perfect Halifax datestamp applied in transit

(Chelsea, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Apr. 4, 1792). Lengthy folded letter datelined Apr. 4, 1792 and written by James Chalmers to John Saunders in Fredericton, New Brunswick, rated “N11” and with perfect strike of “Halifax, N. Scotia May 31, 92” split-circle datestamp (Jephcott 10, MacDonald 4b), some minor splitting along folds, still Very Fine, this Halifax datestamp was in use from 1787-96, both individuals were loyalists during the Revolutionary War, the addressee, John Saunders (1754-1834), went on to marry the daughter of James Chalmers and become the Chief Justice of New Brunswick

E. 400-500
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2131
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2131, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Saunders letter with rare Halifax boxed straightline

(Chelsea, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 3, 1792). Red “Paid MA 3 92” double-circle datestamp on folded letter from James Chalmers to John Saunders in Fredericton, New Brunswick, rated “1/” for packet and “11” for inland rate, well-struck “HALIFAX, N.S.” framed handstamp and separate “JUN 11/92” datestamp (Jephcott 2, MacDonald 3), Very Fine, this Halifax datestamp was in use from 1786-94 and is seldom encountered in this choice quality, both individuals were loyalists during the Revolutionary War, the addressee, John Saunders (1754-1834), went on to marry the daughter of James Chalmers and become the Chief Justice of New Brunswick

E. 500-750
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2132
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2132, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Saunders letter with Halifax transit datestamp

(Chelsea, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Apr. 5, 1793). Red “Paid AP 5 93” double-circle datestamp on folded letter from James Chalmers to John Saunders in Fredericton, New Brunswick, rated “1/” for packet and “11” for inland rate, well-struck “Halifax, N. Scotia MAY 7 93” split-circle datestamp (Jephcott 10, MacDonald 4b), cover with toned and eroded area at bottom right corner, otherwise Fine, this Halifax datestamp was in use from 1787-96, both individuals were loyalists during the Revolutionary War, the addressee, John Saunders (1754-1834), went on to marry the daughter of James Chalmers and become the Chief Justice of New Brunswick

E. 300-400
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2133
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2133, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Autograph letter signed by the infamous Benedict Arnold

(London, England to St. John, New Brunswick, Feb. 3, 1793). Autograph three-page letter signed B. Arnold” in two places, datelined London Feb. 3, 1793 (copy of earlier correspondence) and London Apr. 28, 1793, addressed to Jonathan Bliss in St. John, New Brunswick, red London double-circle datestamp, “Halifax, N. Scotia JUN 2 93” split-circle datestamp (Jephcott 10, MacDonald 4b), struck in transit on bottom flap, rated “1/” for packet and “9” for inland rate, Jun. 8 receipt docketing on flap, the third page has small hole from opening aound wax seal

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE BENEDICT ARNOLD AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED WITH THE COVER BEARING HALIFAX SPLIT-CIRCLE DATESTAMP.

Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) was a trusted General in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War before defecting to the British in 1780. After the war he settled in New Brunswick, but ultimately left for London due to a number of bad business dealings and lawsuits. The addressee, Jonathan Bliss (1742-1822), was a lawyer and judge who bought a home owned by Arnold.

One leaf of the autograph letter with one signature can be separated from the outer address sheet. Therefore, this should be valued as individual items for the postal history and historical autograph markets. (Website PDF of ALS)

E. 2,000-3,000
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2134
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2134, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Folded cover from the infamous Benedict Arnold with a rare “HALIFAX/SHIP LRE” marking

(London, England to St. John, New Brunswick, Jan. 18, 1795). Manuscript “B.S. Arnold, 18 Jan 95” docketing on inside flap of folded cover from London to Ward Chipman in St. John, New Brunswick, address appears to be in Arnold’s hand (see lots 2133 and 2139), well-struck “HALIFAX/SHIP LRE/MAY 16/95” four-line datestamp (Jephcott 136, MacDonald 235) and rated “10”, vertical file fold and minor soiling, Fine and rare ship letter marking, this and the cover in lot 2135 have different origin dates and addressees’ names, but both were carried on the same ship, arriving at Halifax on May 16, 1795--Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) was a trusted General in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War before defecting to the British in 1780, after the war he settled in New Brunswick, but ultimately left for London due to a number of bad business dealings and lawsuits, the addressee, Ward Chipman (1754-1824), was Arnold’s lawyer in St. John and a proponent to the partitioning of Nova Scotia to form New Brunswick

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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2135
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2135, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Folded cover from the infamous Benedict Arnold with a rare “HALIFAX/SHIP LRE” marking

(London, England to St. John, New Brunswick, Jan. 3, 1795). Manuscript “Genl Arnold Letter, Jan. 3rd, 1795” on inside flap of folded cover from London to Jonathan Bliss in St. John, New Brunswick, manuscript directive “Via New York Brig Neptune,” well-struck “HALIFAX/SHIP LRE/MAY 16/95” four-line datestamp (Jephcott 136, MacDonald 235) and rated “10”, minor toned spot by handstamp, Very Fine, this and the cover in lot 2134 have different origin dates and addressees’ names, but both were carried on the same ship, arriving at Halifax on May 16, 1795--Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) was a trusted General in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War before defecting to the British in 1780, after the war he settled in New Brunswick but ultimately left for London due to a number of bad business dealings and lawsuits, the addressee, Jonathan Bliss (1742-1822), was a lawyer and judge who bought a home owned by Arnold

E. 1,000-1,500
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2136
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2136, Great Britain to New BrunswickExceptionally rare large boxed Halifax datestamp on cover to St, Exceptionally rare large boxed Halifax datestamp on cover to StExceptionally rare large boxed Halifax datestamp on cover to St. John

(London, England to St. John, New Brunswick, Oct. 7, 1795). Red “Paid OC 7 1795” double-circle datestamp of London with “Charles/Street” boxed handstamp on bottom flap of folded cover to Ward Chipman, Elias Hardy, Bradford Gilbert and John Coffin in New Brunswick, bold strike of “Halifax N.S/Decr 9, 95” boxed datestamp (Jephcott 4, MacDonald 5) applied in transit, rated “1/-” for London to Halifax and “9” to St. John, Very Fine, a very rare Halifax marking which is rated “RF 10” in Jephcott (highest), the addressees were all high-level politicians, judges and/or lawyers, ex Glassco, Mayer and Smith

E. 500-750
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2137
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2137, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Bold Halifax two-line datestamp applied in transit on cover to Fredericton

(Beverley, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 6, 1799). Clear “Beverly” circular handstamp and red “London MA 7, 1799” double-circle datestamp on folded letter to Fredericton, New Brunswick, manuscript “Pd 1/8” for postage to Halifax and “9d” crossed out and rerated “11d”, bold “HALIFAX/JUN. 11, 99” two-line datestamp (with part of outer circle, Jephcott 8, MacDonald 9) applied in transit, small piece of bottom flap missing, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
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2138
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2138, Great Britain to New BrunswickSaunders correspondence folded letter with both Halifax and St, Saunders correspondence folded letter with both Halifax and StSaunders correspondence folded letter with both Halifax and St. John transit datestamps

(Chelsea, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Jun. 2, 1799). Red “Paid JU 6, 1799” double-circle datestamp on folded letter from James Chalmers to John Saunders in Fredericton, New Brunswick, rated “1/8” for packet charge and “9d/N11” for inland rate from Halifax to St. John plus 2p to Fredericton, well-struck “HALIFAX/JUL. 26, 99” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 8, MacDonald 9) and “St. John, N*B/August 5 99” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 13b), both applied in transit, Very Fine, both individuals were loyalists during the Revolutionary War, addressee John Saunders (1754-1834) went on to marry the daughter of James Chalmers and become the Chief Justice of New Brunswick

E. 400-500
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2139
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2139, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Autograph letter signed by the infamous Benedict Arnold with scarce magenta “HALIFAX/SHIP LRE” handstamp

(London, England to St. John, New Brunswick, May 17, 1799). Autograph two-page letter signed B. Arnold”, datelined London May 17, 1799, addressed to Jonathan Bliss in St. John, New Brunswick, receipt docketing “Genl. Arnold” on flap, scarce magenta “HALIFAX/SHIP LRE” two-line handstamp (Jephcott 136, MacDonald 235) and “HALIFAX/AUG 18 99” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 8, MacDonald 9) struck in transit on bottom flap, letter has minor split along interior fold but otherwise is in excellent condition

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE BENEDICT ARNOLD AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED WITH THE COVER BEARING THE SCARCE “HALIFAX/SHIP LRE” MARKING IN MAGENTA.

Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) was a trusted General in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War before defecting to the British in 1780. After the war he settled in New Brunswick, but ultimately left for London due to a number of bad business dealings and lawsuits. The addressee, Jonathan Bliss (1742-1822), was a lawyer and judge who bought a home owned by Arnold. Most of Arnold’s letter discusses business, but he mentions “the War on the Continent” and hope for defeating France.

The autograph letter with signature can be separated from the outer address sheet. Therefore, this should be valued as individual items for the postal history and historical autograph markets.

(Website PDF of ALS)

E. 3,000-4,000
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2140
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2140, Great Britain to New BrunswickRare trio of Halifax, St, Rare trio of Halifax, StRare trio of Halifax, St. John and Fredericton two-line datestamps on cover from England

(Bedford, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Aug. 3, 1799). Bold curved “BEDFORD” in arc handstamp, red London circular datestamp on folded letter datelined Aug. 3, 1799 to Fredericton, New Brunswick, manuscript “PPaid 1/8” for packet letter charge to Halifax, additionally rated “9d/N11 (+) 7 (=) 1N6” for delivery from Halifax to Fredericton, clear “HALIFAX/SEP 24 99” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 8, MacDonald 9), “St. John, N*B*/Oct.r 8 99” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 13b) and “FREDERICTON NB:/OCTOBER, 10 1799” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 21) on backflaps, Fredericton datestamp affected by opening of wax seal, still Fine and exceptionally rare to find all three datestamps on a single cover--carried on the same transatlantic trip as the cover in lot 2141, and the Halifax and Fredericton markings are identical, St. John applied its datestamp on this cover, but not the one in lot 2141

E. 750-1,000
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2141
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2141, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Attractive Halifax transit and Fredericton arrival datestamps from England

(Beverley, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Aug. 6, 1799). Clearly struck “Beverly” circular handstamp and red London circular datestamp on folded cover to Fredericton, New Brunswick, manuscript “6d” and “1/8” for postage to Halifax and “11 (+) 7 (=) 1N6” for inland rate, neat “HALIFAX/SEP 24 99” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 8, MacDonald 9) in transit and “FREDERICTON NB:/OCTOBER, 10 1799” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 21) on arrival, Very Fine--carried on the same transatlantic trip as the cover in lot 2140, and the Halifax and Fredericton markings are identical, but St. John did not apply its datestamp on this cover

E. 400-500
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2142
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2142, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Unlisted Fredericton straightline from the Saunders correspondence

(London to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Mar. 6, 1806). Folded letter datelined “New England Coffee House, 6th March 1806” from James Chalmers to John Saunders in Fredericton, New Brunswick, red “Paid Mar 6” circular datestamp and rated “For(warded) “9/N11”, clear “FREDERICTON NB*” straightline handstamp (unlisted in Jephcott) struck on arrival, Very Fine, both individuals were loyalists during the Revolutionary War, the addressee, John Saunders (1754-1834), went on to marry the daughter of Chalmers and become Chief Justice of New Brunswick

E. 400-500
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2143
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2143, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Scarce forwarding endorsement on letter from England to Fredericton via New York

(Chelsea, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Nov. 22, 1806). Folded letter datelined “Chelsea Nov. 22” and written on printed “Mrs. Kelly’s School for Young Ladies” price list to Fredericton, New Brunswick, carried privately to New York with manuscript “New York 19 March 1807, Received and forwarded by for your moste humble servt Daniel McCormick”, clearly struck “St. John. N*B*/March 24, 1807” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 13b) struck in transit, minor splitting along folds, otherwise Fine, the forwarder, Daniel McCormick (ca. 1739-1834), was an Irish-born businessman, founding director of Bank of New York and partner in the Macomb’s Purchase, which consisted of about one-tenth of the land of New York state

E. 300-400
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2144
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2144, Great Britain to New Brunswick, The scarce shortened Fredericton two-line datestamp

(Camberwell Grove [London], England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Jun. 5, 1811). Red “Paid 5 JU 5” circular datestamp on folded letter to Fredericton, New Brunswick, rated “2/-” for packet charge, clear “HALIFAX/JUL 27” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 9, MacDonald 10) struck across fold in transit and “FRED,N; N;B,/6 AUGUST 1811” two-line datestamp (Jephcott 23) struck on arrival, Very Fine and scarce Fredericton marking

E. 400-500
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2145
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2145, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Letter from England toward the end of War of 1812

(Bristol, England to St. John, New Brunswick, Dec. 8, 1814). “Bath 9 DE 1814” datestamp with additional strike on back of folded letter to St. John, New Brunswick, manuscript “By Deceb Packet” directive at bottom left, rated “p 2/1” as fully paid packet to Halifax and 10p inland rate, “Halifax MR 13 1815” circular datestamp with holes (Jephcott 24, MacDonald 11) in transit, Very Fine, sent by packet Osborne, which was attacked by privateers on its crossing of the Atlantic despite the Treaty of Ghent having been signed on Dec. 24, 1814, ex “Skywalk”

E. 300-400
160
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2146
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2146, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Rare Homes & Bass Boston forwarding agent and manuscript “Ship” marking

(London, England to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Feb. 11, 1820). Folded letter datelined in London on Feb. 11, 1820 and addressed to Fredericton, New Brunswick, carried privately to Boston with manuscript “Rec’d & forwarded by your obt. servant Homes & Bass” (date partially missing from seal removal), faint but clear “St. John AP 7 20” circular datestamp with fleuron (Jephcott 26) struck in transit with manuscript “Ship” and rated “8” for 2p ship and 6p inland fee, Very Fine, the manuscript “Ship” marking was necessary because the “Ship-letter” handstamp became worn (Jephcott 140), reported to be unique, ex Smith

E. 300-400
225
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2147
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Sale Number 1218, Lot Number 2147, Great Britain to New Brunswick, Remarkable use of an Ocean Penny Postage propaganda cover from Scotland to New Brunswick

(Aberdeen, Scotland to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Jul. 10, 1849). Clearly struck “Aberdeen JY 10 1849” circular datestamp on cover to Fredericton, New Brunswick with “Britain! From thee the World Expects an Ocean Penny Postage” illustrated propaganda design, State 3 of James Valentine’s design, rated “1/2” and crossed out with “1/-” charged, Liverpool transit and Fredericton Jul. 26 arrival backstamp, Fine and rare use to British North America, interestingly re-rated due to rate change effective Apr. 15, 1849, ex Steinhart

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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