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Sale 1237 — American Free Franks and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 June, 2021

Category — Presidents and Delgates of the Continental Congress

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
13
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 13, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressHenry Laurens, Henry LaurensHenry Laurens. President of the Continental Congress (1777-78), delegate from South Carolina (1777-80), free frank "On public service Henry Laurens" as President of Continental Congress on folded cover to "His Excellency Caesar Rodney Esquire, President & Commander in Chief of Delaware at Dover", vertical file fold, some minor repairs, Very Fine appearance, reportedly used on Oct. 13, 1778, after Congress returned to Philadelphia, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
14
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 14, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressJohn Jay, John JayJohn Jay. President of the Continental Congress (1778-79), delegate from New York (1774-77, 1778-79), Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Secretary of State under Washington, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, autograph free frank "John Jay" on legal size folded cover to the governor of Georgia, neat "N. York. June. 15" straightline handstamp with matching "FREE", 1785 docketing, some waterstaining and edgewear, otherwise Fine and scarce

E. 500-750
800
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15
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 15, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressJohn Jay, John JayJohn Jay. President of the Continental Congress (1778-79), delegate from New York (1774-77, 1778-79), Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Secretary of State under Washington, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, autograph free frank "John Jay" on cover front only to Egbert Benson as Attorney General of the State of New York in Poughkeepsie, piece out and restored at top left not affecting free frank, some light soiling, otherwise Fine, Benson represented New York at the Continental Congress and served as the first Attorney General of New York from May 8, 1877 to May 14, 1788

E. 500-750
425
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16
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 16, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressTenche Cox, Tenche CoxTenche Cox. Member of the Continental Congress (1787-88), Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1789-92), three free franks "Tenche Coxe", one on Treasury Dept. printed circular dated Aug. 22, 1793 noting that captured prize vessels brought in by those from France are not to include those vessels originally outfitted in the United States; second is autograph letter unsigned with free frank, March 1792 docketing; third is free frank with ALS dated March 2, 1792, some wear, overall Fine-Very Fine and attractive group

E. 500-750
325
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17
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 17, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressSamuel Holton, Samuel HoltonSamuel Holton. Delegate to the Essex County convention in 1774, served in the Provincial Congresses of 1774-75, a delegate to frame the Confederation of 1777, a delegate to Congress in 1778-83, and again in 1793-95, and a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1789, folded letter sent to him at the 1785 Congress in New York by Ebenezer Hazard as Colonial Postmaster General, red "Boston" straightline handstamp with matching "27/IA" (Jan. 27) Franklin mark, light vertical file fold, Very Fine, sent free due to its recipient, the sender also had franking privileges, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 300-400
150
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18
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 18, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressBenjamin Huntington, Benjamin HuntingtonBenjamin Huntington. Revolutionary War General, delegate from Connecticut (Continental Congresses of 1780-84, 1787-88), free frank "Benj. Huntington" on 1789 autograph letter signed to Litchfield Conn., partial strike of "N. York Jun 11" datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, another faint strike of unreadable handstamp to the right of date, originally rated 16gr (frank may not have been recognized) but treated as free as evidenced by the handstamp, some expertly repaired splitting along file folds, Very Fine, unusual and very rare, ex Stevens and Dr. Robertson

E. 500-750
550
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19
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 19, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressWilliam Irvine, William IrvineWilliam Irvine. Delegate from Pennsylvania (Continental Congresses of 1786-88), letter addressed to him as "Member of Congress, New York", originally rated "2.16" but crossed out and sent free, letter dated Aug. 24, 1787, endorsed "Gen'l. Parsons" at left, minor edgewear and gently cleaned, Very Fine example of a cover sent to a delegate, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 150-200
70
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20
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 20, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressWilliam Samuel Johnson, William Samuel JohnsonWilliam Samuel Johnson. Delegate from Connecticut (Continental Congresses of 1784-87), first Senator from Connecticut, free frank "Free Wm. Saml. Johnson" as Senator on 1791 folded cover to the Governor of Conn. at Norwich, brown-black "MR/4" Franklin mark and matching "Free" handstamp, light vertical file fold, Very Fine, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 300-400
1,600
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21
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 21, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressGouveneur Morris, Gouveneur MorrisGouveneur Morris. Delegate from New York (Continental Congresses of 1777-80), framer and signer of the Constitution, U.S. senator and ambassador to England and France, autograph free frank "free Gouvr. Morris" as senator and addressed in his hand on folded cover to New York City, brownish "WASHN CITY MAR. 14" circular datestamp, docketed on back with 1802 year date, fresh and Very Fine, ex Grunin

E. 300-400
1,400
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22
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 22, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressEdmund Randolph, Edmund RandolphEdmund Randolph. Delegate to Continental Congress (1779-82), free frank "Free Edm. Randolph" as delegate to Federal Constitutional Convention on 1787 autograph letter signed to Tench Coxe in Baltimore, well-struck "3/SE" Franklin mark and "FREE" handstamp, fresh and Very Fine, sent just two weeks before the final draft of the Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, extremely rare, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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23
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 23, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressPhilip John Schuyler, Philip John SchuylerPhilip John Schuyler. Delegate from New York (Continental Congress of 1775-77, 1778-81), U.S. senator, autograph free frank "Free Ph: Schuyler" as senator and address on folded cover to Stephen Van Rensselaer near Albany, straightline "NEW-YORK May 27", "FREE" and "27/MA" Franklin mark, docketed 1790 on backflap, tiny erosion spot just above franking signature, still Very Fine, ex Grunin

E. 200-300
700
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24
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 24, Presidents and Delgates of the Continental CongressArtemus Ward, Artemus WardArtemus Ward. Delegate from Massachusetts (Continental Congresses of 1780-81), free frank "Free Artemus Ward" as U.S. Senator on folded letter in another hand datelined "Danvers 27th May 1794", addressed by Ward to Samuel Holton in Danvers with note "To be left at the Post office in Salem", lightly struck Franklin mark and "Free" handstamp, minor tear in flap, Very Fine, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 500-750
2,500
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