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Sale 1237 — American Free Franks and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 June, 2021

Category — Colonial Period and British Historical

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
c
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 1, Colonial Period and British HistoricalJoseph Dudley, Joseph DudleyJoseph Dudley. Member of the Massachusetts General Court (1673-76), fought the Naragansett Indians during King Philip's War (1675), member of the Upper House in the Massachusetts Bay legislature (1676-83, 1684), Commander of the United Colonies of New England (1677-81), member of the Governor's Council, President of the Council (1684), in charge of press censorship for Governor Andros and Chief Justice of Colonial Superior Court (1687-89), governor of Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire (1702-1715), free frank "J Dudley" on part of folded cover addressed in his hand "To Charles Story Esq., Secretary to her Majesty's Province of New Hampshire, Portsmouth", pencil 1711 yeardate, some wear, still Very Fine and rare early free frank from this major historical figure, we are aware of only one other free frank, dated June 11, 1711

E. 1,000-1,500
600
2
c
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 2, Colonial Period and British HistoricalLord Charles Cornwallis, Lord Charles CornwallisLord Charles Cornwallis. British general in the Revolutionary War who surrendered at the siege of Yorktown, viceroy of Ireland (1798-1801), free frank "Free Cornwallis" on folded cover dated Aug. 11, 1801 to Lieutenant General Harris in Kent, "COLCHESTER" straightline handstamp, intact red wax seal, some overall soiling and wear, vertical file fold affects free frank, still Fine

E. 300-400
500
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