Sale 1037 — United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Monday-Friday, 10-14 December, 2012

Category — Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & Ship

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2700
c
Sale 1037, Lot 2700, Autographs & Free Franks, Colonial, States, Waterway & ShipFranklin Pierce. Free frank "Franklin Pierce" as President on legal-size cover addressed in his hand to Pierce Butler "For Miss Fanny Butler" in Philadelphia, "Washington City D.C. Oct. 29, 1856" circular datestamp, minor soiling at left, Very Fine, this cover is addressed to the anti-slavery wife of wealthy slaveowner Pierce Butler, Fanny Butler published Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation, described as "the closest, most-detailed look at plantation slavery ever recorded by a white northern abolitionist" (see www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1569.html ), Butler and his wife Fanny divorced in 1849, this communication from President Pierce must have reached her thru her ex-husband, ex Historical Society of Pennsylvania

E. 750-1,000
1,000