Sale 1272 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 14-15 December, 2022

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Category — Salt Lake City & New Mexico

Lot
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3022
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3022, Salt Lake City & New Mexico"Salt Lake Cal. July 16" (1849)--Babbitt's Special Contract Mails. Manuscript postmark with "10" cent rate in the hand of Thomas Bullock on folded letter from William Suceree datelined "Great Salt Lake City Upper California July 14 1849", addressed to Richmond, Indiana, contents include "as the mail will leave in few days--you can write to us now and it will come direct as there is a post office established here and contract for the mail through to the bay once in three months...", the reference to the "bay" must be San Francisco, but there was no westbound contract at this time, this letter was carried on Babbitt's Special Contract service, leaving Salt Lake City on July 27 and arriving in Kanesville on September 3, neither of the two letters carried on this trip has an indication of express fee, but it was 40c in addition to the 10c postage, letter with wear and silked edge splits, Fine appearance, ex Risvold and Walske

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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3023
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3023, Salt Lake City & New Mexico"Great Salt Lake City, July 25, 1850"--Babbitt's Special Contract Mails. Dateline on folded letter from Ursulia Hascall to North New Salem, Mass., carried on the August 2 Babbitt's Special Contract trip by John Green and B. Holladay, arriving Kane, Iowa, on September 12, partly clear strike of "Kane Iowa Sep. 12" circular datestamp and "10" struck partly off top of cover, lengthy letter to sister regarding personal matters and also mentions throngs of gold miners on their way to California, red crayon receipt docketing "No. 9" on back, couple inconsequential edge nicks

VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL AND RARE 1850 LETTER FROM SALT LAKE CITY TO MASSACHUSETTS, CARRIED BY MORMON EXPRESS COURIER UNDER BABBITT'S SPECIAL CONTRACT MAIL.

This cover, besides representing a rare Babbitt's Express carriage, is also unusual as it did not enter the Salt Lake City post office. After carriage by Mormon courier John Green under the Babbitt's service, it entered the regular mails with the Kane, Iowa, postmark and 10c due in Massachusetts. The 40c additional express charge was no doubt paid, but is not noted on the cover. Babbitt's Special Contract Mails was established in 1849 by Almon Babbitt, a Mormon expressman, to carry mails between Salt Lake City and Kanesville, Iowa (which lacked a regular postal route).

Illustrated in Mails of the Westward Expansion on p. 88. Ex Risvold and Walske

Bid on this lot

E. 3,000-4,000
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3024
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3024, Salt Lake City & New Mexico"Socorro NM Nov. 7" (1860)--Butterfield Route. Manuscript New Mexico Territory postmark with pen cancel on 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on buff cover addressed in the hand of Harriet L. Shaw, the wife of Rev. John Milton Shaw, a Baptist schoolteacher who served as military chaplain at Fort Defiance from 1853 to 1856, to her mother in Hannibalville N.Y., manuscript "Via Texas" directive, stamp with light corner crease and cover with rounded corner at bottom right where reduced, still Very Fine and very rare, in 1860 Butterfield ran a branch line from El Paso to Santa Fe, with Socorro in the middle, this cover was routed south "Via Texas" which is unusual as normally such mail would have been routed up the Santa Fe Trail to Independence, Missouri--after Shaw resigned as chaplain at Fort Defiance, the family moved to Socorro in 1857, Vincente St. Vrain was postmaster from Nov. 2, 1855, to Nov. 8, 1860 (this was postmarked by St. Vrain just before his term expired), ex Birkinbine, Kramer and Walske

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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3025
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3025, Salt Lake City & New Mexico10c Green, Ty. III (33). Horizontal strip of three, tied by "Santa Fe N.M. Dec. 13" (1858) New Mexico territorial circular datestamp on buff cover to France, red "New York Paid 12 Jan. 15" (1859) credit datestamp, boxed "P.D." handstamp and French entry datestamp of Jan. 29, transit and arrival backstamps, Very Fine and desirable New Mexico Territory use of the 10c 1857 Issue to France, paying the double rate, this cover was carried under the Jacob Hall contract on the weekly stage, departing Santa Fe December 13, 1858, and arriving Independence, Missouri, on January 2, 1859, after transiting to New York it sailed on the Inman Line's City of Manchester on January 15, arriving Liverpool January 28, ex Vogel and Walske

Bid on this lot

E. 1,000-1,500
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3026
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3026, Salt Lake City & New Mexico"Ft. Union N.M. June 4, 64". Manuscript territorial postmark with "X" cancelling 3c Rose (65) on cover to Wallingford Vt., unusual strike of "Wallingford Vt. Jul. 6" circular datestamp struck as a receiving mark, slightly reduced at right, very minor edge soiling, Very Fine, ex Walske

Bid on this lot

E. 200-300
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