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Sale 1230 — U.S. and Hawaii Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 December, 2020

Category — The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History

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Photo/Description
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Realized
1037
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1037, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryFRANCA EN BEXAR. (later San Antonio Tex.), FRANCA EN BEXAR. (later San Antonio Tex.)FRANCA EN BEXAR. (later San Antonio Tex.). Bold red two-like postmark on folded letter from the military commander of Coahuila y Texas in Bexar to the army commander of the province of Coahuila at Monclova, manuscript endorsement "Real Servicio" (Royal Service) at top, dated May 27, 1809, manuscript "3" reales rate on back

VERY FINE. A RARE LETTER FROM TEXAS DURING THE SPANISH COLONIAL PERIOD WITH THE "FRANCA EN BEXAR" SPANISH COLONIAL PERIOD MARKING. PROBABLY NO MORE THAN FIVE COMPLETE POSTMARKED LETTERS FROM SPANISH COLONIAL TEXAS ARE IN PRIVATE HANDS. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS MARKING ON A COMPLETE LETTER LIKELY TO BE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.

This letter was marked Royal Service but still appears to have been charged "3" reales postage. Vince King reports that only four complete Spanish Texas letters are in private hands. The cover offered here, unknown to researchers, increases the record to a total of six, which includes one in the J. P. Bryan collection (no. 5), which is likely to remain institutionalized: 1) "BAHIA" and "FRANCA" handstamps, to Cordero in Bexar, Aug. 11, 1807 (King collection); 2) "BEXAR" black handstamp, to Cordero in Monclova, ca. 1801-05 (King collection); 3) "BEXAR" red handstamp, to Cordero in Monclova, 1803 (or 1808-09), offered in our Sale 1071; 4) "BEXAR" red handstamp, to Don Jose Juoqine in Monclova, Apr. 27, 1808, ex Camina (Siegel Sale 757, lot 2); 5) "FRANCA/EN BEXAR" red handstamp, to Cordero in Monclova, May 1, 1810, ex Camina (Siegel Sale 757, lot 3, now in the Bryan collection, likely to be institutionalized); 6) "FRANCA/EN BEXAR" red handstamp, dated May 27, 1809, to Monclova, the cover offered here. In addition to these complete letters there are a few recorded cover fronts, and of course markings used after Mexican independence (1821).

Illustrated on p. 9 of Texas: The Drama of its Postal Past by ter Braake. See website PDF for contents

E. 7,500-10,000
12,500
1038
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1038, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryBAHIA, BAHIABAHIA. Mostly clear strike of brownish-black straightline handstamp from this Texas town (later named Goliad) during Mexican Administration, on large part of cover front only to Bexar (now San Antonio), "3" reales due marking, affixed to cover with hinges (easily removed), Very Fine strike of this early marking

E. 300-400
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1039
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1039, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Brazoria de Austin, Dec. 25, 1830". Dateline on folded letter from John L. Sleight to his uncle Cornelius in Sag Harbor N.Y., carried from Texas and placed into the New Orleans post office as a ship letter, red "SHIP" handstamp with matching "New-Orl. L. Jan. 1" New Orleans circular datestamp, manuscript "27" rate, ends with instructions to write him care of Capt. Samuel Fuller in New Orleans, fresh and Very Fine

E. 400-500
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1040
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1040, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Brazoria, June 17, 1832". Dateline at end of folded letter from John L. Sleight to his uncle Cornelius in Sag Harbor N.Y., letter states "we are now in a state of open war...our principle to conquer or die", other interesting content, Very Fine, carried outside of the mails

E. 200-300
130
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1041
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1041, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Brazoria Sept. 17, 1835." Dateline at end of yellow folded letter from John L. Sleight to his uncle Cornelius in Sag Harbor N.Y., carried from Texas and placed into the New Orleans post office as a ship letter, "New Orleans La. Dec. 5" circular datestamp and "SHIP" handstamp, magenta manuscript "27" rate, fascinating letter about the Texas War of Independence: "We intend to inform the Tyrant if history has not already informed him that Cezar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell, George the Third his Washington, and he himself may find in some obscure farmer of Texas one that will teach him the rights of Freemen are not trampled upon...Santa Anna has declared himself dictator. We have been divided among ourselves until recently the arrival of Col. Austin from Mexico, and the news he has brought us has united us", Very Fine cover with great content

E. 300-400
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1042
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1042, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Sayer's Plantation, January 1, 1836. Dateline at end of yellow folded letter from John L. Sleight to his uncle Cornelius in Sag Harbor N.Y., carried from Texas and placed into the New Orleans post office as a ship letter, blue "New Orleans La. Jan. 29" circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp, magenta manuscript "27" rate, historical content regarding the siege and capture of Bexar (San Antonio) and the death of Col. Benjamin Rush "Ben" Milam: "At present we are all rejoicing here. Our besieging Army has captured San Antonio and expelled every Mexican from our soil....In our rejoicing we have mourning also. We have lost our noblest and bravest Commander...", some other interesting commentary, Very Fine

E. 500-750
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1043
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1043, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Brazoria, Feb. 1st 1836". Dateline at end of folded letter from John L. Sleight to his uncle Cornelius in Sag Harbor N.Y., red "New-York Apl. 14" circular datestamp, manuscript '25" rate, interesting letter regarding the Texas War of Independence: "We are still battling with our Tyrant Anna...The Convention will meet on the first of March and declare independence and proclaim it to the world. Santa Anna will probably call in Spring but we will be prepared to give him a warm reception. The United States is assisting us.", end of letter instructs recipient to write him care of Wm. Bryan in New Orleans, Very Fine, significant content

E. 300-400
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1044
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1044, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryA remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa Anna, A remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa AnnaA remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa Anna. 2-1/2 page letter on folio, datelined "Quintanna, Mouth of The Brazos, May 15, 1836" from John L. Sleight to his uncle, Cornelius Sleight, in Sag Harbor N.Y., address panel with blue "New Orleans La. May 26" circular datestamp, matching "SHIP" handstamp and magenta manuscript "27" rate (25c plus 2c ship captain's fee), dampstains and small erosion area affecting a small part of the letter

A LETTER OF TREMENDOUS HISTORICAL VALUE, REPORTING IN GREAT DETAIL THE PIVOTAL EVENTS OF THE TEXAS WAR OF INDEPENDENCE -- THE SIEGE AND BATTLE OF THE ALAMO, DESCRIBED BY THE WRITER AS THE "THERMOPYLAE OF TEXAS," THE GOLIAD MASSACRE, THE "RUNAWAY SCRAPE" AND THE BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO, IN WHICH SANTA ANNA'S ARMY WAS DEFEATED.

The author of this extraordinary contemporary account of the major events of the Texas War of Independence, John L. Sleight, was about 26 years old in May 1836 when he wrote this letter to his uncle, Cornelius Sleight, a resident of the east end Long Island port town of Sag Harbor, New York, where John was born circa 1810. John Sleight traveled to Texas and established his merchant business in Brazoria in the early 1830s. When the Mexican army under President Antonio López de Santa Anna launched its campaign to crush the Texian army, Sleight, a member of the Texas Volunteer Militia as early as 1832, was an active participant in the Texas srruggle for independence. Although he did not participate directly in all of the events described in this letter, Sleight was well-informed of the details, and he served as one of Santa Anna's prison guards after the Mexican leader's capture at the Battle of San Jacinto.

A complete transcript of Sleight's letter follows:

Quintanna Mouth of The Brazos, May 15, 1836

I presume that you have been looking for some time past for letters from me but owing to our disturbances there has been but little communication with any parts of the U.S. An opportunity now offers and a leisure hour and I hasten to embrace it. You of course are acquainted with our affairs generally as I perceive that the New York papers has plenty of Texas news but I will give you a more particular description and a little more accurate. I will commence with the Fate of the Fortress of Bexhar and follow it up to the present date. The Thermopylae of Texas was taken in the latter part of February after a siege of their works by the forces of St. Anna with an army of 6,000 men. History does not record so gallant a resistance and so tragic an end. Not one of the defenders escaped to tell the dreadful tale. A negro man and wife were the sole survivors. 182 men fell gloriously fighting for liberty but they exterminated hundreds of the savage foe. 521 were left on the field and 1000 wounded most of them mortally. After burning the bodies St. Anna marched his forces to La Bahia a strong fortress on the San Antonio River and well manned and commanded by Col. Fanning [sic - Fannin] - he was ordered by General Houston to evacuate the place and retreat to the Colorado to join the Main Army. his force consisted of 487 men. their retreat was cut off and they were surrounded by 2000 of the Enemy who commenced an attack and after a well-fought action of five hours they held off - leaving 1000 men dead on the field and 600 horses. they ordered reinforcements of 900 men and camped on the field that night. he had 7 men killed and 40 wounded and consequently was obliged to remain there that night. in the morning he was completely surrounded by them and not one drop of water. proposals was made to them and articles of treaty entered into and he surrendered as honourable prisoners of war our private property to be respected and we were to be sent to the United States. Our army was marched back to the fort and detained five days when all were ordered out to march for the bay of Copona [sic – Copano Bay]. And on the way the principal part was inhumanely massacred. Not more than 20 escaped to tell the horrid tale. It would seem natural to think that St. Anna’s vengeance was nearly glutted by this time but he took up the line of march for the Brazos swearing vengeance and a total extermination of men women and children. Our army retreated towards the Trinity. St. Anna following the hot pursuit and the whole country west of the Brazos completely depopulated. On the San Jacinto our army took a stand determined to check him in his mad course. thus the army encamped 12 miles apart. St. Anna commenced fortifying and heaving up entrenchments and making his position as strong as possible. Our army attacked him [“with 1,500 men” crossed out] on the eve of the 21st of April at 4PM with 650 men and in 19 minutes completely routed his whole lines and in one hour and 20 minutes gained one of the most complete victories that was ever fought killing 690 and taking 800 prisoners. With St. Anna at their head and 42 officers many of them of rank. they had 38 officers killed, two of them Generals. Our loss is 7 killed and 15 wounded. St. Anna is very anxious about his fate. he is perfectly willing to acknowledge our independence, cede us territory to the west Bank of the Rio Grande and pay the expense of the war if the congress of Mexico will ratify it. I think he will escape with his head. I belong to the Guards stationed about his prison and have frequent opportunities of seeing him. from his appearance I should not think him a very smart man. he is six feet in height and well made and rather prepossessing but he has caused us an immensity of trouble and made hundreds of poor men. Our crops are all cut off. No cotton will be made this year. the Farmers are returning to their homes and are endeavoring to make bread. Many of the merchants are completely ruined and are Bankrupts [sic] for thousands but we have this consolation we have the finest country on Earth and our lands will soon be valuable. I do not believe there ever was so [“great” crossed out] large a field for speculation as there is in Texas at this time and will be probably for years. Cous. has lost several hundred Dols but I am in hopes that I shall recover it for him. It was done by the orders of Government. I have presented the claim and think it will be allowed. He will not do for this country. he so completely unqualified for business of any kind and so wayward in his disposition that nothing can be done with him according to your request. I have done all that was in my power to and shall continue to do so until he makes up his loss. then I shall advise him to return home [missing] up the country at present once was well [missing] from him.

I remain truly yours, Jno L. Sleight

From the Sandford M. Arnold collection.

Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1044, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryA remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa Anna, A remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa Anna
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1044, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryA remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa Anna, A remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa Anna
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1044, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryA remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa Anna, A remarkable letter written during the Texas War of Independence, describing the siege of the Alamo, the Goliad Massacre, the "Runaway Scrape," the Battle of San Jacinto, and the capture and imprisonment of Santa Anna
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E. 15,000-20,000
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1045
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1045, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySam Houston, Sam HoustonSam Houston. American frontier hero, president of the Republic of Texas, U.S. senator, governor of Texas. autograph free frank "Free Sam Houston" on buff cover to his namesake Texas town of Houston, missing left flap, Very Fine, undated and unclear to us under what authority Houston used his franking privilege

E. 750-1,000
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1046
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1046, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryTEXAS SCRIP, TEXAS SCRIPTEXAS SCRIP. Two part-printed pages entitling Dobson Williams of Mobile Ala. to 640 acres of land in Texas, dated Oct. 10, 1836, signed by Sam Ricker Jr. (Texian agent for the post office in New Orleans) as witness, also signed by Thomas Toby, inside is printed page of articles governing Thomas Toby's commission as scrip agent, this page is signed by William Christy and one other and with embossed seal, inside of first page handwritten transfer information which has been left blank, few cancellation cuts which are barely noticeable, Very Fine, these scrips were used to raise funds for the new Texas Republic, Toby & Brothers Co. were commissioned as agents and sold land, after 18 months they sold approximately 100,000 acres

E. 500-750
1,100
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1047
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1047, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryThe Texian Loan, The Texian LoanThe Texian Loan. Certificate No. 136, received of Robert Triplett first installment of $32.00 of a $320.00 loan in exchange for land, signed "S. F. Austin", "B. T. Archer" and "Wm. H. Wharton", dated Jan. 11, 1836, triangular piece out at center, slight edgewear, Very Fine and attractive loan document signed by Stephen Austin, Branch Austin and William Wharton, according to Wikipedia, the Consultation subsequently elected Archer, along with Stephen F. Austin and William H. Wharton to serve as Commissioners of Texas in the United States. Their purpose was to raise funds, recruit troops and gain support among Americans for the cause of Texas. The trio sailed from Galveston to New Orleans in late December 1835 and moved up the Mississippi River over the next several weeks making speeches to crowds before moving east to Washington, D.C. While the Commissioners were in Washington, on March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

E. 300-400
2,100
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1048
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1048, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Gaines Ferry April 24" and "Columbia May 14" (1837) Republic of Texas Postmarks. Manuscript postmarks with corresponding rates of "25" and "12-1/2" for forwarding on folded cover addressed to "Henry Smith Esq., Seat of Government -- Texas", 1837 docketing, originated with red "Centreville Miss. April 10" circular datestamp with date in manuscript on top flap and "Paid 25" rate at top, slight waterstaining, Very Fine, Henry Smith was treasurer of the Republic of Texas, the seat of government was moved on April 24 from Columbia to Houston, this cover with two different manuscript postmarks is very unusual

E. 400-500
500
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1049
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1049, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Velasco Nov. 9" (1837). Manuscript postmark on folded cover addressed to "Gov. Henry Smith, Houston (the seat of Government) Texas", manuscript "Ship" and "31-1/4" rate crossed out and marked "Free" docketing indicates New York origination on Sep. 24, 1837, vertical file fold, Very Fine, Smith was treasurer when this was mailed

E. 300-400
350
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1050
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1050, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Velasco Jan. 31" (1838). Manuscript postmark with "Ship 6-1/4" and "12-1/2" totaled to "18-3/4": on folded cover to Peach Point Tex., docketing indicates New Orleans origination, sender's directive "pr S.S. Constitution", Very Fine, the Consitution was a coastal steam vessel that operated between New Orleans and Galveston, in January 1838 it ran aground near Sabine Pass, but managed to get to Galveston for repairs

E. 400-500
400
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1051
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1051, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Galveston May 21" (ca. 1838). Manuscript postmark with "Ship 31-1/4" (25c plus 6-1/4c) on folded cover to "Dr. Ashbel Smith, Surgeon General, Texas, Houston Texas", red "STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA" two-line handstamp, Very Fine, unusual, the lack of the Ricker handstamp indicates this was carried privately to or originated in New Orleans, it should have qualified to be sent free as it was addressed to a government official

E. 300-400
325
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1052
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1052, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON * TEXAS *, GALVESTON * TEXAS *GALVESTON * TEXAS *. Bold strike of double-line oval handstamp with manuscript "Sept. 26" (1838) date on folded cover to General Thomas Jefferson Greene in Velasco Tex., manuscript "Brickland Va. July 12th" origination postmark with matching "paid 25", charged an additional 25c for Texas postage, sender's directive to care of Addison in New Orleans crossed out and changed to S. N. Dobie in Houston, Very Fine, unusual with no ship marking or agent's handstamp, this went from Virginia to New Orleans to Houston and then to Velasco

E. 500-750
550
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1053
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1053, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON * TEXAS *, GALVESTON * TEXAS *GALVESTON * TEXAS *. Bold double-line oval handstamp on 1838 folded letter to James F. Perry at Peach Point Tex., red "Gambier O. Feb. 19" circular datestamp with matching "25" handstamp, manuscript "Mch 20 Ship" and "56-1/4" for double rate (25c x 2 plus 6-1/4c ship fee), sender's directive "Care of James Reed & Co. New Orleans", bold strike of "STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA" two-line handstamp, written by Guy Bryan, nephew of Stephen Austin, slight splitting along vertical fie fold, some overall toning, Very Fine, unusual with no agent's transit marking

E. 300-400
225
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1054
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1054, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON * TEXAS *, GALVESTON * TEXAS *GALVESTON * TEXAS *. Double-line oval handstamp with "Sept. 7" (1838) date in manuscript on folded cover to Matagorda Tex., docketing indicates New Orleans origin, manuscript "Ship" and "56-1/4" due (50c Texas postage plus 6-1/4c ship fee), light strike of "STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA" two-line handstamp, Very Fine, letter originating in New Orleans was not handled by Ricker

E. 300-400
300
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1055
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1055, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySTEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA, STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIASTEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA. Red two-line handstamp on folded cover to Dr. Ashbel Smith at Houston Tex., manuscript "Ship 31-1/4" (25c plus 6-1/4c ship fee), crossed out and probably sent free, pencil notation indicates New Orleans origin on Nov. 1, 1838, Very Fine, not handled by Ricker

E. 300-400
400
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1056
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1056, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Sabine Town 19 April 1840". Manuscript postmark and "free" on top flap of 1840 folded cover to Zavallas Tex., originated with blue "Fort Jesup La. Apr. 17" circular datestamp with day in manuscript, matching "PAID" handstamp and "6" manuscript rate, some soiling, otherwise Fine, Fort Jesup was built by Zachary Taylor in anticipation of trouble with Mexico and was the main artery for private mail, this was carried by coastal steamer to Sabine Town

E. 500-750
275
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1057
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1057, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON TEXAS SEP 12 (1841), GALVESTON TEXAS SEP 12 (1841)GALVESTON TEXAS SEP 12 (1841). Red oval datestamp on folded cover to Peach Point Tex., originated with lightly inked strike of "Bardstown Ky. Jun. 12" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" handstamp and manuscript "25" U.S. rate, "SHIP" handstamp applied on arrival in Galveston, manuscript "1.00" due for 50c Texas postage plus ship letter rate of 50c, docketing confirms date, Very Fine, scarce

E. 400-500
425
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1058
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1058, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON TEXAS SEP 12 (1841), GALVESTON TEXAS SEP 12 (1841)GALVESTON TEXAS SEP 12 (1841). Clear strike of red oval datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp on folded cover to James F. Perry "Near Brazoria, Texas", manuscript "1.00" due for 50c Texas postage plus ship letter rate of 50c, docketing confirms yeardate and New Orleans origination, Very Fine

E. 400-500
425
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1059
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1059, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON TEXAS NOV. 8 (1841), GALVESTON TEXAS NOV. 8 (1841)GALVESTON TEXAS NOV. 8 (1841). Red oval datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp on folded cover to Peach Point Tex., originated with lightly inked strike of "Bardstown Ky. Oct. 18" circular datestamp, blue "25" for U.S. postage and "PAID" handstamp crossed out, manuscript "1.00" due for 50c Texas postage plus ship letter rate of 50c, cover tear at top right, otherwise Very Fine

E. 400-500
425
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1060
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1060, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Sabine Town Decr. 2" (1841). Manuscript postmark and "50" due for Texas postage on folded cover to Nacogdoches Tex., docketing indicates New York origin, entered the mails with blue "New Orleans La. Nov. 16" circular datestamp, red "PAID" handstamp and manuscript "25" rate for U.S. postage, Very Fine, entered Republic of Texas mail system at Sabine Town

E. 300-400
375
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1061
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1061, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON TEXAS JUN. ? (1843), GALVESTON TEXAS JUN. ? (1843)GALVESTON TEXAS JUN. ? (1843). Red oval datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp, manuscript "62-1/2" for 50c Texas postage plus 12-1/2c for ship fee on folded letter to Zavalla Tex., originated with bold "Holly Springs Mi. Jun. 9" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" handstamp, manuscript "25" for U.S. postage, sender's directive "Via McClanahan P.O., Natchitoches parish La. near the Sabine river", some dampstaining, otherwise Fine, unusual route instructions

E. 200-300
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1062
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1062, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON TEXAS JAN. ? (1846), GALVESTON TEXAS JAN. ? (1846)GALVESTON TEXAS JAN. ? (1846). Red oval datestamp with red manuscript "25" for Texas postage plus 5c ship rate on folded cover to Dr. James H. Starr at Nacogdoches Tex., originated with red "Marion O. Nov. 28" (1845) circular datestamp and matching "PAID" and "10" handstamps, sender's directive "Via Natchitoches", receipt docketing on back, Very Fine, Texas was annexed and admitted as a state on Dec. 29, 1845, this arrived before the transfer of power from the Republic formally occurred on February 19, 1846

E. 300-400
425
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1063
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1063, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON TEXAS JAN. 6 (1846), GALVESTON TEXAS JAN. 6 (1846)GALVESTON TEXAS JAN. 6 (1846). Red oval datestamp on folded cover to Nacogdoches Tex., originated with red "New-York 10cts. 7 Sep." (1845) integral-rate circular datestamp, red "SHIP" handstamp, magenta manuscript "25/35" due marking (10c U.S. postage plus 20c Texas postage plus 5c ship fee), Very Fine, Texas was annexed and admitted as a state on Dec. 29, 1845, this arrived before the transfer of power from the Republic formally occurred on February 19, 1846

E. 300-400
425
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1064
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1064, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Galveston April 5/38". Manuscript postmark with "Ship 56-1/4" rate (50c plus 6-1/4c ship letter fee) on back of folded cover to James F. Perry in Peach Point Tex., care of Sam Ricker at New Orleans street address, sender's directive "Express Mail" at lower left, originated with blue "Philada. Pa. Mar. 31" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" in double-octagon handstamp, manuscript "75" express rate, large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied in New Orleans, red "STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA" two-line handstamp, some slight dampstaining, still Very Fine, an exceptionally attractive Republic of Texas period cover sent by Express Mail from Philadelphia to New Orleans, with Ricker oval and Columbia steam packet markings, ex Gibson

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1065
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1065, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Galveston Feby. 18/38". Manuscript postmark with "Free" on back of folded letter from Memecum Hunt datelined "Washington City 2nd February 1838" and addressed to "His Excellency Genl. Sam Houston (President of the Republic of Texas) New Orleans", sender's directive "Care of the Texian Post Office Agent" and "Express, Texian Legation", originated with red "Washington D.C. Feb. ?" circular datestamp and "PAID" handstamp, manuscript "75" express rate, large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied in New Orleans, bold strike of "STEAMER PACKET COLUMBIA" two-line handstamp, letters comments on merging with the United States including "Should the President of the United States fail to acquire Texas, there is, as I have often expressed before, very little hope of his re-election; and his attitude to parties and measures have become such as to make his main dependence upon the Southern States", Very Fine, a very attractive cover to Sam Houston with historical content, sent by Express Mail from Washington D.C. to New Orleans, with Ricker oval and Columbia steam packet markings

E. 750-1,000
4,250
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1066
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1066, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Galveston Mar. 5/38". Manuscript postmark with matching "Free" on folded letter datelined "Texian Legation, Washington City, 12th February 1838" from Memecum Hunt to "His Excellency Genl. Sam Houston, President of Texas, care of the Texian Post Office agent, New Orleans", sender's directive "Express Mail", red "Washington D.C. Feb. 13" circular datestamp with "PAID" handstamp and manuscript "75" express rate, large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied in New Orleans, "STEAMER PACKET COLUMBIA" two-line handstamp, letters is a a draft of a proposed protocol to be signed by Houston giving Hunt broad powers including "Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Texas", minor splitting along folds and some overall toning, Very Fine use to Sam Houston with historical content, sent by Express Mail from Washington D.C. to New Orleans, with Ricker oval and Columbia steam packet markings

E. 750-1,000
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1067
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1067, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History1837, London, England, to Houston, Texas, via New York, New Orleans and Galveston, 1837, London, England, to Houston, Texas, via New York, New Orleans and Galveston1837, London, England, to Houston, Texas, via New York, New Orleans and Galveston. Folded letter datelined "London England Nov. 25th 1837" and addressed to R. A. Irean, Secretary of State at Houston, sender's directive "care of Brent Clarke New Orleans" at bottom and "Express Mail" at top right, entered the U.S. mails with red "New-York Jan. 8" circular datestamp and "PAID" in arc handstamp, red manuscript "75" express rate (additional "75" written at upper left), large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp, "Galveston Jany. 21/38" manuscript postmark and "Free", sender writes of his efforts to get England and France to recognize the Republic of Texas but notes Parliament is delayed and he is waiting to bring his case, mentions some other details, some splitting along folds and overall toning, otherwise Fine, still attractive and a very rare transatlantic letter into the Republic of Texas via New York, New Orleans and Galveston, sent by Express Mail from New York to New Orleans

E. 750-1,000
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1068
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1068, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Galveston April 5/38". Manuscript postmark with "Ship Free" on back of folded letter addressed to "General Sam Houston, Texas, Via New Orleans", sender's directive "Express Mail", originated with "Fifes Va. Mar. 23rd" manuscript postmark and "Paid 75" express rate, large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied in New Orleans, faint strike of red "STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA" two-line handstamp, letter from Dr. Ashbel Smith on his way back to Texas describes purchases in New York for the War department and of medicines and how the credit of Texas is at a low, also notes dinner with President Van Buren and his family, he notes "Annexation nevertheless is quite out of the question", other interesting comments, some waterstaining on back and at top right, otherwise Fine, a historical letter to Sam Houston, sent by Express Mail from Virginia to New Orleans, with Ricker oval and Columbia steam packet markings

Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1068, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History,
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1069
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1069, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON * TEXAS *, GALVESTON * TEXAS *GALVESTON * TEXAS *. Bold double-line oval handstamp on 1838 folded letter with printed letterhead from J. G. Wesselhoeft, Bookseller to Mr. N. A., Bonzano in Houston, addressed care of Joseph Schlachtberger in New Orleans, originated with blue "Philada. Pa. Jun. 8" circular datestamp, manuscript "25" for U.S. postage, bold strike of large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied in New Orleans, manuscript "31-1/4" for 25c Texas postage and 6-1/4c ship letter rate, contents in German, some slight toning, Very Fine

E. 400-500
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1070
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1070, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHartford Ct. Jun. 27 (1838), Hartford Ct. Jun. 27 (1838)Hartford Ct. Jun. 27 (1838). Red circular datestamp with matching "PAID" pointing hand handstamp and manuscript "25" rate on folded letter to Dr. Ashbel Smith, Surgeon General of the Texan Army in Houston, sender's directive "Care of Smith, Hubbard & Co. New Orleans", large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied in New Orleans, light strike of "STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA" two-line handstamp, pencil "25" probably for Texian postage, letters discusses investing in land, fresh and Very Fine, no Galveston or Texas port entry marking

E. 300-400
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1071
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1071, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICESAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on folded cover addressed to Houston Tex., origin unknown, manuscript notation "Care Mr. Wm. Bryant, New Orleans", red "STEAM" handstamp, magenta manuscript "25" with "31" for "56" due from recipient, neat "RETURNABLE 15TH JANUARY 1839" straightline backstamp indicates Ricker paid for the U.S. portion of postage, 1838 docketing, Very Fine, Ricker normally allowed five or six months for the recipient to repay U.S. postage so this was likely sent around the middle of July 1838, Ricker normally included a date in the oval marking for when they paid U.S. postage, so this is unusual in that the date is missing

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1072
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1072, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryPhilada. Pa. Jul. 23 (1839), Philada. Pa. Jul. 23 (1839)Philada. Pa. Jul. 23 (1839). Blue circular datestamp and magenta manuscript "25" U.S. postage rate on folded cover to Dr. Ashbel Smith in Houston, care of Samuel Ricker in New Orleans, bold strike of large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp on back applied in New Orleans with manuscript "3 Augt 39" date, also with "Returnable 3 Feby 1840" on back next to oval also applied by Ricker, manuscript "12-1/2" due for Texas postage added to U.S. rate for total of "37-1/2" due, small tear at bottom, Very Fine, unusual with no ship marking and apparently not charged the 6-1/4 cents ship rate, the agent Ricker paid the U.S. postage on August 3, the Returnable notation, which was usually a handstamp, reminded the recipient to pay Ricker back by February 3

E. 400-500
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1073
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1073, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, SAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICESAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on back of folded cover to Houston Tex. with "1 Oct. 1838" date, matching "RETURNABLE 1st APRIL 1839" handstamp, originated with oily strike of red "Salisbury N.C. Sep. 16" circular datestamp, manuscript "25" rate with additional manuscript "Ship 31/56" (25c plus 31c Texas postage = 56c), Very Fine, Ricker paid the 25c U.S. postage and charged the recipient who had until the first of April to pay Ricker back

E. 300-400
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1074
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1074, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, SAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICESAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on back of folded cover to Hon. Thomas J. Rusk, Chief Justice of the Republic of Texas at Houston and forwarded to Nacogdoches, originated with "Pontotoc Mi. Jul. 1?" circular datestamp and manuscript "Paid 25" at upper right, hidden by Texas rate markings, including "31" for 25c rate plus 6c ship letter fee, and "50" additional for forwarding, totaling "81" due, pencil July 9, 1839 docketing, some splitting along vertical file fold, otherwise Fine, very unusual from a rate perspective

E. 200-300
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1075
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1075, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, SAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICESAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on back of folded cover to Dr. Ashbel Smith in Houston Tex., sender's directive "via New Orleans" at lower left, docketing indicates Thomastown Miss. origin, manuscript "Paid" in serrated circle with "25" rate, the "31" rate crossed out and marked "Free" to Smith, Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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1076
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1076, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, SAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICESAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on back of folded cover to Dr. Ashbel Smith as Surgeon General of the Texian Army at Houston, "Chocehuma Mis. Jany. 17th 1839" manuscript postmark with "Paid 25" for U.S. postage, manuscript "Ship 31-1/4" due for 25c Texas postage and 6-1/4c ship letter rate applied in Galveston, Very Fine

E. 200-300
275
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1077
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1077, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryAlbany N.Y. Mar. 29 (ca. 1838), Albany N.Y. Mar. 29 (ca. 1838)Albany N.Y. Mar. 29 (ca. 1838). Red circular datestamp with matching "PAID" handstamp and red manuscript "25" U.S. rate crossed out, on folded cover addressed to Dr. Ashbel Smith in Houston, large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied on back in New Orleans, manuscript "Ship 31" due for 25c Texas postage and 6c ship letter rate, some overall toning, Fine

Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1077, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryAlbany N.Y. Mar. 29 (ca. 1838), Albany N.Y. Mar. 29 (ca. 1838)
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1078
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1078, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryNew-York Oct. 1 (ca 1839), New-York Oct. 1 (ca 1839)New-York Oct. 1 (ca 1839). Red circular datestamp with matching "PAID" in arc handstamp and manuscript "25" U.S. rate on folded cover addressed to "Ashbel Smith, M.D., Surgeon General, Houston Texas", care of Sam Ricker in New Orleans, large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied on back in New Orleans, the 25c U.S. and "Ship 31" Texas rates are both crossed out, some ink erosion in address, otherwise Very Fine, the 31c Texas postage was waived since this was addressed to Dr. Smith in his official capacity

E. 200-300
250
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1079
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1079, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, GALVESTON TEXAS Jany. 5 (1840). Oval handstamp with date in manuscript on folded letter to Peach Point Tex., part strike of "Bardstown Ky. Dec. 16" circular datestamp with "PAID" handstamp and "25" rate crossed out, "Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" large oval handstamp on top flap, "SHIP" handstamp applied in Galveston, rated "31-1/4" for 25c Texas postage plus 6-1/4c ship letter fee, Very Fine

E. 500-750
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1080
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1080, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHartford Ct. May 4 (ca. 1840), Hartford Ct. May 4 (ca. 1840)Hartford Ct. May 4 (ca. 1840). Red circular datestamp with matching "PAID" pointing hand handstamp, manuscript "25" U.S. rate on folded letter (without dateline) to Dr. Ashbel Smith in Houston, red sender's directive "Care of the Texian agent New Orleans", "WM BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval backstamp, bold "SHIP" handstamp and "31" rate 25c Texas postage and 6c ship letter rate, Very Fine

E. 400-500
425
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1081
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1081, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, GALVESTON TEXAS July 18 (1840). Oval datestamp with date in manuscript with "SHIP" handstamp on folded cover to Columbia Tex., originated with red "New-York Jun. 27" circular datestamp, matching "PAID" arc and manuscript "25" U.S. rate which is crossed out, sender's directive "Care of James Reed Esq. N.O.", "Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval backstamp, manuscript "31-1/4" for 25c Texas postage and 6-1/4c ship letter fee, Very Fine, James Reed was business agent for a group of Texas landowners who also owned some small ships and seldom used the consular service, this cover did use the service

E. 300-400
325
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1082
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1082, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICEWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on back of 1840 folded letter to Dr. Ashbel Smith in Galveston Tex. care of Smith Hubbard & Co. in New Orleans, originated with red "Salisbury N.C. Nov. 20" circular datestamp, matching "PAID" handstamp and manuscript "25" U.S. rate, "SHIP" handstamp, no Texas rate markings (carried free), Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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1083
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1083, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICEWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on back of green folded cover to Dr. Ashbel Smith in Houston Tex., originated with "Vicksburg Mi. Dec. 13" circular datestamp, "PAID" handstamp and manuscript "25" U.S. rate, bold "SHIP" handstamp with "31" rate (25c plus 6c), Very Fine

E. 300-400
375
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1084
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1084, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICEWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp struck on top flap of folded cover to Dr. Ashbel Smith at Galveston Tex., originated with red "Salisbury N.C. Oct. 4" circular datestamp, matching "PAID" handstamp and manuscript "25" U.S. rate, bold "SHIP" handstamp, no Texas rate markings (carried free), staining at lower left, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
225
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1085
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1085, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHouston to Galveston Tex., Missent to New Orleans, Houston to Galveston Tex., Missent to New OrleansHouston to Galveston Tex., Missent to New Orleans. Folded letter datelined "Houston Nov. 7th 1840" and addressed to Galveston, red manuscript "Missent to N. Orleans 'Look Sharp'", light strike of blue "New Orleans La. Nov. ?" circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp, "Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" large oval handstamp on back, additional "SHIP" handstamp applied on re-entry into Galveston, Very Fine and unusual use, apparently not charged any postage

E. 300-400
325
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1086
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1086, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, GALVESTON TEXAS Feby. 9 (1841). Oval datestamp with date in manuscript on folded cover to Brazoria Tex., originated with "Bardstown Ky. Jan. 26" circular datestamp, "PAID" handstamp and manuscript "25" U.S. rate crossed out, "Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" large oval handstamp on top flap, "SHIP" handstamp with "31-1/4" rate (25c plus 6-1/4c), Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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1087
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1087, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON TEXAS MAR. 19 (1841), GALVESTON TEXAS MAR. 19 (1841)GALVESTON TEXAS MAR. 19 (1841). Red oval datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp on folded cover to Peach Point Tex., originated with "Bardstown Ky. Feb. 28" circular datestamp, second numeral of date in blue manuscript with matching blue "Paid" and "25" for U.S. postage, "Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" backstamp, U.S. rate markings crossed out and re-rated "1.00" for Texas postage and ship fee, some soiling, Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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1088
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1088, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICEWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on back of folded letter datelined "Springwater March 14th 1841" to Austin Tex., originated with red "Danville N.Y. Mar. 20" circular datestamp with day in manuscript, matching "PAID" handstamp and "25" U.S. rate crossed out, "SHIP" handstamp, rated "1.50" for Texas postage and ship letter fee, stains, otherwise Fine

Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1088, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryWm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, Wm. BRYAN, NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE
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1089
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1089, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryFORWARDED BY WILLIAM BRYAN NEW=ORLEANS, FORWARDED BY WILLIAM BRYAN NEW=ORLEANSFORWARDED BY WILLIAM BRYAN NEW=ORLEANS. Elongated double oval handstamp struck on back of Nov. 1, 1842 folded letter from Bangor Me. to Milford Norton in Montgomery Tex., manuscript "1 oz" and "1.00" for quadruple U.S. rate, red "PAID" handstamp, blue manuscript "Ship" and "1.25" Texas rate, reduced at left (cutting away a postal marking), vertical file fold with some slight splitting at top, still Fine

E. 200-300
160
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1090
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1090, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryFORWARDED BY WILLIAM BRYAN NEW=ORLEANS, FORWARDED BY WILLIAM BRYAN NEW=ORLEANSFORWARDED BY WILLIAM BRYAN NEW=ORLEANS. Clear strike of elongated double oval struck on top flap of Dec. 5, 1842 folded letter to Matagorda Tex., sender's notation "Paid to New Orleans" at bottom, originated with blue "Mobile Ala. Dec. 7" circular datestamp, matching "PAID" handstamp and manuscript "18-3/4" U.S. rate crossed out, red "SHIP" handstamp, manuscript "25" due for Texas postage, Very Fine

E. 300-400
500
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1091
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1091, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE, SAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICESAM RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT FOR THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE. Large oval handstamp on folded letter datelined "Liberty June 27, 1838" to Kaskaskia Ill., carried privately from Liberty to Galveston where placed directly on the boat, Ricker the Texian agent put this into the mails with red "New Orleans La. Jul. 29" circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp, rated "27" for U.S. postage plus 2c ship fee, interesting letter first berates recipient for not being a friend of Texas and also "...as soon as Mexico thinks proper to invade us and if they don't do it very soon we shall take the liberty and force her to acknowledge our Independence", other interesting comments such as "The question of withdrawing the proposal of Texas to the U.S. for annexation has been debated at the last session of Congress and lost by one vote...they know as long as the question will be pending no foreign nation will recognize her independence", some toning, expertly silked, otherwise Fine, a fascinating letter written by M. Bellenan Menard, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence

E. 300-400
850
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1092
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1092, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Houston Jany. 17/38". Manuscript postmark on folded cover to Dr. Ashbel Smith in New Orleans, manuscript "Free -- Public Service" and signed by J. Wilson Copes, red "SHIP" handstamp, "STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA" handstamp, rated "6" due at New Orleans for arriving ship letter rate, back of cover with large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied in New Orleans, minor soiling, Very Fine

E. 500-750
550
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1093
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1093, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistorySTEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA, STEAM PACKET/COLUMBIASTEAM PACKET/COLUMBIA. Red two-line packet boat handstamp on folded cover addressed to "Doct. Ashbel Smith, Surgeon Gen'l. of the Texian Army, now at New York", red "SHIP" handstamp and "New Orleans La. Feb. 12" circular datestamp, manuscript "27" rate, large "SAM. RICKER JR., NEW ORLEANS, AGENT OF THE TEXIAN POST OFFICE" oval handstamp applied in New Orleans, docketing indicates this originated with Samuel Whiting in Houston on Jan. 20, 1838, minor splitting along top fold and age toned, Fine

E. 200-300
225
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1094
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1094, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "San Felipe Decr. 5th" (1841). Manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 1.50" Texas rate crossed out on folded letter datelined "Center Hill Dec. 2nd 1841" to Cornelius Sleight in Sag Harbor N.Y., blue "New Orleans La. Dec. 20" and "SHIP" handstamps, blue "27" due from recipient, Very Fine, San Felipe was burned by Houston in March 1836 during his retreat to San Jacinto

E. 300-400
400
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1095
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1095, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Centre Hill Sept. 1" (1841). Manuscript town marking with "Free D. Ayres P.M." postmaster's free frank on folded letter to New Albany Ind., blue "New Orleans La. Sep. 26" circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp, blue manuscript "27" rate, contents mention "Drunken Sam Houston is sure to be our next president", some splitting along folds, Fine, scarce Austin County small office use during the Republic period, the free frank applied only to Texas postage

E. 200-300
350
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1096
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1096, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, GALVESTON TEXAS Decr. 1 (1840). Oval datestamp with date in manuscript on folded cover, docketed "Moses N., Bryan, Quintana, 10th Sept. 1840" indicates origin, sent to Louisville Ky., forwarded to New Orleans and eventually sent to Galveston, blue "New Orleans La. Oct. 25" and "Louisville Ky. Nov. 8" circular datestamps, blue and black "SHIP" handstamps, various rates including 27c and 25c for U.S. postage (52c due from recipient) plus 31-1/4c for Texas postage plus ship fee, some erosion and soiling along vertical file folds, otherwise Fine, very unusual round-trip cover from the Texas Republic

E. 300-400
225
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1097
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1097, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Zavalla Texas Aug. 1st 1840". Manuscript postmark with "Paid 50" Texas rate on folded cover to Memphis Tenn., bold "HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** AUG. 9" double oval datestamp, blue "New Orleans La. Aug. 16" circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp, magenta "27" rate for U.S. postage plus 2c ship fee, some staining, otherwise Fine, unusual use from Zavalla to Memphis

E. 300-400
400
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1098
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1098, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Galveston July 17th 1843". Dateline on folded letter to Auburn N.Y., carried outside of the mails to New Orleans where blue "New Orleans Jul. 21" circular datestamp and matching "PAID" applied, manuscript "27" due (25c postage plus 2c ship fee), a fascinating letter from John P. Borden touches on several subjects including Santa Anna promotion, a naval battle, expected arrival of prisoners from San Antonio for questioning, briefly mentions Mier expedition and wonders what Santa Anna's disposition of the prisoners will be, other interesting such as summary of a recent trip to Washington Tex., Very Fine cover with historical letter content

E. 200-300
400
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1099
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1099, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryAustin Texas Sept. 23 (1841), Austin Texas Sept. 23 (1841)Austin Texas Sept. 23 (1841). Bold strike of triple-line circular datestamp on folded cover to Nacogdoches Tex., manuscript "Free Saml. A. Roberts Secty of State" docketing confirms yeardate, Very Fine, Roberts is not listed in available records as Secretary of State, he must have served for a very short period of time

E. 200-300
275
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1100
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1100, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryAustin Texas Oct. 21 (1841), Austin Texas Oct. 21 (1841)Austin Texas Oct. 21 (1841). Bold strike of triple-line circular datestamp with manuscript "1.00" rate on folded letter datelined "President's House, Austin 20th Oct. 1841" to Dr. Ashbel Smith in Galveston, letter discusses politics of the day and character of some of his compatriots, some overall toning, Very Fine

E. 200-300
250
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1101
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1101, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryAustin Texas Nov. 18 (1841), Austin Texas Nov. 18 (1841)Austin Texas Nov. 18 (1841). Clear strike of triple-line circular datestamp on folded letter to Columbia Tex., manuscript "100" $1.00 rate, written by Anson Jones to his wife Mary (three years later he became president of the Republic of Texas), Very Fine and attractive

E. 150-200
250
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1102
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1102, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryBRAZORIA/JUNE 12; 1839, BRAZORIA/JUNE 12; 1839BRAZORIA/JUNE 12; 1839. Clear strike of two-line datestamp with bracket at right on folded cover to Nacogdoches Tex., rated "Double 1.00", docketing indicates New Orleans April 2 origin, some overall toning, Fine example of this rare marking, ex Corwith Wagner and Edwin Mayer, pencil note on back also states "only known example", we have no way to verify but this is the date shown in ASCC

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2,200
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1103
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1103, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Crockett 31 Octb. 1843". Manuscript postmark with "50" rate on folded letter to Boston Tex., contents discuss death of George Calmas at sender's house and how the deceased owes him money, somewhat rough condition but presentable, this is the earliest reported use from Crockett, which is just over 50 miles from Nacogdoches

E. 100-150
80
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1104
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1104, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryGALVESTON TEXAS JAN. 13 (1845), GALVESTON TEXAS JAN. 13 (1845)GALVESTON TEXAS JAN. 13 (1845). Clear strike of red oval datestamp on folded cover to Dr. James H. Starr at Nacogdoches, neat "25" rate, 1845 docketing indicates sender was James P. McKinney, Very Fine, a pretty cover sent between two figures involved in the formation of Texas

E. 150-200
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1105
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1105, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHOUSTON *** TEXAS *** May. 31 (1839), HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** May. 31 (1839)HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** May. 31 (1839). Large double oval datestamp with "37-1/2" rate corrected to 25c on folded cover to Brazoria Tex., slight soiling along vertical file folds, Very Fine

E. 200-300
250
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1106, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHOUSTON *** TEXAS *** May 1 (1839), HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** May 1 (1839)HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** May 1 (1839). Clear strike of double oval datestamp with "25" rate on folded cover to Peach Point Tex., docketing indicates New Orleans origin, some erosion and waterstaining along vertical file folds, otherwise Fine

E. 150-200
180
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1107, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 28 (1839), HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 28 (1839)HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 28 (1839). Large double oval datestamp with "25" rate on folded letter to Brazoria Tex., contents is protest for nonpayment of note, Very Fine

E. 150-200
180
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1108, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHOUSTON *** TEXAS *** SEP 17 (1840), HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** SEP 17 (1840)HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** SEP 17 (1840). Double oval datestamp on folded cover to Quintanna Tex., manuscript "37-1/2" rate, some erosion or soiling along file folds, Very Fine

E. 150-200
170
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1109, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHOUSTON *** TEXAS *** Oct. 16 (1840), HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** Oct. 16 (1840)HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** Oct. 16 (1840). Double oval datestamp with manuscript "50" rate on folded cover to General T. J. Rusk at Nacogdoches, docketing indicates sender was Major James Riley, part of letter on a flap reads "Love I believe will not run for Chief Justice", some soiling, otherwise Very Fine

E. 150-200
170
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1110, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 5 (1840), HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 5 (1840)HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 5 (1840). Large double oval datestamp on top flap of folded cover to James W. Starr, Secretary of the Treasury in Austin Tex., some slight splitting along vertical file folds, Fine, sent free to a government officer

E. 150-200
150
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1111
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1111, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHOUSTON *** TEXAS *** Sep. 28 (1840), HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** Sep. 28 (1840)HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** Sep. 28 (1840). Double oval datestamp with manuscript "50" rate on folded letter written by Col. James Love, docketing indicates Galveston origination, contents notes shortage of money in Texas and instability of Texas notes, Fine

E. 150-200
275
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1112, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal HistoryHOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 1 (1840), HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 1 (1840)HOUSTON *** TEXAS *** June 1 (1840). Double oval town marking on top flap of folded cover to James H. Starr, Secretary of Treasury in Austin, sender's instructions "Private" and rated "50" cents for distance between 100 and 150 miles, docketing reads in part "about endeavors to discover and punish the person or persons who stole from Musgrove Evans a package of Engraved Texas Notes...one package was stolen from him at Houston containing $85,000.00", Fine

E. 200-300
160
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1113, The Sandford N. Arnold Collection of Early Texas Postal History, "Nacogdoches April 29". Manuscript postmark with matching "50" rate on 1839 folded letter to San Antonio, vertical file fold, Very Fine double-rate use within Texas

E. 150-200
180
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1114
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Balance of the Sandford M. Arnold Texas Collection. Eight items, including letter datelined at Brazoria Dec. 25, 1831 noting "before long you may expect to hear of a general revolution in Texas"; 1844 printed circular in French addressed to Dr. Ashbel Smith in Paris, France (origin unclear but probably originated in France); 1839 folded letter from Salisbury N.C. to Dr. Ashbel Smith at Galveston with Bryan oval handstamp; account of the mails at Texana for first quarter of 1838; green cover with Ricker oval handstamp to Houston with Texas postage marked "Free", overall Fine and diverse group

E. 400-500
7,500
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