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Sale 1237 — American Free Franks and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 June, 2021

Category — Historical Figures in the Formation of the United States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
145
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 145, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAaron Burr, Aaron BurrAaron Burr. Vice President under Jefferson, murderer of Alexander Hamilton in a duel, autograph free frank "A. Burr" on folded cover addressed in his hand to "Miss Burr, New York", bold brown "FREE" handstamp, Feb. 24, 1793 docketing on back, extraneous blue ink at top of little consequence, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
1,200
146
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 146, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAaron Burr, Aaron BurrAaron Burr. Vice President under Jefferson, murderer of Alexander Hamilton in a duel, free frank "Free A. Burr" as Vice President on folded cover addressed in his hand to John Reade in Poughkeepsie N.Y., red "New-York Jul. 22" oval datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, docketing indicates 1803 use, light vertical file fold affects free frank, still Very Fine and attractive use about a year before his famous duel with Hamilton

E. 500-750
1,100
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147
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 147, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAaron Burr, Aaron BurrAaron Burr. Vice President under Jefferson, murderer of Alexander Hamilton in a duel, autograph folded letter signed "A. Burr", business contents regarding deeds, addressed to L. Mitchell in Troy N.Y., docketing indicates Feb. 1820 use, Very Fine

E. 500-750
600
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148
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 148, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Free frank "Free A. Hamilton" as Secretary of the Treasury on folded cover addressed in his hand to the collector of customs in Baltimore Md., June 13, 1791 docketing, neat brown "15 /IV" Franklin mark with "FREE" handstamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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149
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 149, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Free frank "Free A. Hamilton" as Secretary of the Treasury on folded cover to Samuel Russel Gerry in Marblehead Mass., neat "6/IA" Franklin mark with matching "FREE" handstamp, light vertical file folds including one affecting free frank, still Very Fine example of a Hamilton free frank

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
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150
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 150, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Free frank "Free A. Hamilton" as Secretary of the Treasury on folded cover addressed in his hand to the collector of customs in Baltimore Md., Dec. 6, 1791 docketing, neat "8 /DE" Franklin mark with "FREE" handstamp, vertical file fold affects free frank, still fresh and Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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151
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 151, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Free frank "A. Hamilton" as Secretary of the Treasury on 1790 folded letter to Samuel R. Gerry in Marblehead Mass., "NEW YORK OCT 12" straightline datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, faint vertical file fold barely affects free frank, Very Fine and attractive

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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152
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 152, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Free frank "A. Hamilton" as Secretary of the Treasury on folded cover to Jedediah Huntington at New London Conn., light strike of "NEW YORK * august 24" straightline datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, docketing indicates 1790 sending and contents concerns restitution of foreign duty, light vertical file folds including one just affecting free frank, Very Fine and attractive

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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153
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 153, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Free frank "Free A. Hamilton" on small piece, vertical file fold, still Very Fine

E. 500-750
1,200
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154
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 154, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesAlexander Hamilton, Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton. Free frank "Free Secy of the Treasury" in his handwriting on folded cover to William Webb in Bath, brown "15 /FE" Franklin mark with matching "FREE" handstamp, docketing reads "A. Hamilton Feby. 10, 1794 respecting the loyalty by ? of British rebels taken by French privateer armed in the U.S.", some soiling along vertical file fold, Very Fine, unusual with just his title as the free frank

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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155
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 155, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesEbenezer Hazard, Ebenezer HazardEbenezer Hazard. Postmaster of New York City (appointed in 1775), Surveyor General of the Constitutional Post Office (1776), Postmaster General (Jan. 28, 1782, to Sep. 26, 1789), free frank “Free Eben Hazard” as Postmaster General with 1pp Autograph Letter Signed, datelined "New York Sept. 5, 1789", light strike of "N. York Sep. 5" straightline datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, addressed to Rev. Jedediah Morse at New Haven, business contents regarding Shepard Kollock, who established the New York Gazeteer and sued Morse for copyright infringement, some wear including vertical file fold affecting free frank, still Fine, the letter could be separated from the free frank

Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 155, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesEbenezer Hazard, Ebenezer Hazard
Image 2
E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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156
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 156, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesHenry ("Light-Horse Harry") Lee, Henry ("Light-Horse Harry") LeeHenry ("Light-Horse Harry") Lee. Early American patriot and politician, Governor of Virginia, father of Robert E. Lee, free frank "free H Lee" on 1pp ALS dated Feb. 28, 1801 to Alexandria Va., business contents, red "Wash. City Mar. 2" circular datestamp with matching "FREE" handstamp, some slight toning and minor splitting along folds, still Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
800
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157
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 157, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesHenry ("Light-Horse Harry") Lee, Henry ("Light-Horse Harry") LeeHenry ("Light-Horse Harry") Lee. Early American patriot and politician, Governor of Virginia, father of Robert E. Lee, free frank "free H Lee" on 1pp ALS dated Feb. 26, 1801 to Alexandria Va., vertical file fold affects free frank which could be separated from the letter, still Fine

Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 157, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesHenry ("Light-Horse Harry") Lee, Henry ("Light-Horse Harry") Lee
Image 2
E. 750-1,000
500
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158
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 158, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesJohn C. Calhoun, John C. CalhounJohn C. Calhoun. Three covers with free franks, two "Free J. C. Calhoun" including one with no postal markings, last is "Ordnance Office War Dept. J. C. Calhoun" dated 1824 from Washington D.C. to Frankford Pa., overall Fine-Very Fine

Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 158, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesJohn C. Calhoun, John C. Calhoun
Image 2
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 158, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesJohn C. Calhoun, John C. Calhoun
Image 3
E. 300-400
1,200
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159
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 159, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesJefferson Davis, Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis. Free frank "Jefferson Davis U.S.S." on legal-size cover to Washington D.C., some wear, reduced at right, Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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160
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 160, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesSam Houston, Sam HoustonSam Houston. Famous Texas statesman, bold free frank "Free Sam Houston" on large buff cover to Weymouth N.C., minor edgewear, Very Fine, ex Gimelson

E. 500-750
350
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161
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 161, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesSam Houston, Sam HoustonSam Houston. Famous Texas statesman, bold free frank "Free Sam Houston" on large buff cover to West Haverford Pa., some edge flaws, still Very Fine

E. 500-750
400
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162
 
Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 162, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesWilliam Tecumseh Sherman, William Tecumseh ShermanWilliam Tecumseh Sherman. Union general, captured Atlanta, autograph free frank "W. T. Sherman, General" on white envelope with "Headquarters Army of the United States, Official Business" imprint, addressed in his hand to P. B. Ewing at Lancaster Ohio, "Washington D.C. Free Jan. 8" circular datestamp, no year date, missing top flap, otherwise pristine and Extremely Fine, ex Grunin

E. 400-500
475
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163
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Sale Number 1237, Lot Number 163, Historical Figures in the Formation of the United StatesDaniel Webster, Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster. Free frank "Danl Webster" as Secretary of State on cover to David Hoffman in Baltimore, green "Washington Railroad Aug. 14" circular datestamp, Very Fine, scarce free frank, Webster was Secretary of State under both Harrison/Tyler and Fillmore

E. 300-400
475
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