VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD FREE FRANK OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, TO MAJOR GENERAL ARTEMAS WARD IN BOSTON.
According to Wikipedia, Artemas Ward was one of the four original major generals in the Continental Army. After the British evacuated Boston on March 17, 1776, Washington led the main body of the army to New York, and Ward took command of the Eastern Department until some time in March 1777. This was likely sent during this window.
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FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FREE FRANK AS COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY TO HENRY KNOX AT WEST POINT.
Knox was a close confidant of Washington, and became senior officer of the army after Washington resigned his commission on December 23, 1783.
VERY FINE AND DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S "PRESIDENT U.S." FREE FRANK.
James McHenry was a signer of the U.S. Constitution, surgeon and Secretary of War from 1796-1800. Fort McHenry is named after him.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S "PRESIDENT U.S." FREE FRANK.
Colonel Gilpin served as an aide to Washington during the Revolutionary War and was a prominent citizen in Alexandria. He served as a pall bearer at Washington's funeral.
FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FREE FRANK, SENT NINE MONTHS AFTER SERVING AS PRESIDENT.
Charles Carter was one of the wealthiest men in Virginia, owning over 13,000 acres when he died in 1806. He was involved in politics, taking part in the revolutionary conventions in 1774 and 1775.
VERY FINE. A RARE JOHN ADAMS FREE FRANK AND AUTOGRAPH LETTER WITH INTERESTING COMMENTS CONCERNING SOME OF HIS VIEWS ON THE HUMANITIES.
Due to a quirk of the Acts regarding franking privileges, John Adams enjoyed free-franking privileges during this time period due to his dual position as presiding officer of the U.S. Senate. Officially, the U.S. Post Office did not authorize free-franking privileges to either the President or Vice President until June 1, 1792.
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FRESH AND VERY FINE JOHN ADAMS FREE FRANK, MAILED TWELVE YEARS AFTER THE END OF HIS PRESIDENCY.
The Act of March 2, 1799, granted ex-Presidents free franking privileges. President Washington used this privilege for only a little more than nine months, until his death on December 14, 1799. At the time this was sent the only living ex presidents were Adams and Jefferson.
VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE FREE FRANK OF JOHN ADAMS AS EX-PRESIDENT.
Richard Rush, son of Benjamin Rush, served as Attorney General from 1814-1817.
VERY FINE AND DESIRABLE JOHN ADAMS FREE FRANK, MAILED TEN YEARS AFTER HIS PRESIDENCY.
The Act of March 2, 1799, granted ex-Presidents free franking privileges. President Washington used this privilege for only a little more than nine months, until his death on December 14, 1799. When John Adams sent this letter, only he and Jefferson enjoyed this privilege.
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE JOHN ADAMS FREE FRANK AS EX-PRESIDENT.
The recipient was married to his granddaughter, Abigail Louisa Smith Adams.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND BOLD THOMAS JEFFERSON FREE FRANK.
The recipient was a prominent merchant and bookseller, having emigrated from France ca. 1793. He was first president of the French Benevolent Society of Philadelphia. According to the National Archives, Jefferson ordered books from Laval as late as 1824 (two years before his death).
FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON'S FREE FRANK.
The recipient was an early vintner, who started growing grapes for a winery in 1797. Wilton Farm used "Fox grapes", a native American variety. Jefferson, with his longstanding interest in wine, was in regular communication with Adlum. Havre de Grace was burned and plundered by the British in the War of 1812, prompting his move to 200 acres in the Rock Creek area of the Capitol where he continued to produce wines.