Sale 1218 — The "Dubois" Collection of Important Prestamp Covers and Postal Markings of British North America, 1694-1861

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 March, 2020

Category — United States to Canada

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2070
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Sale 1218, Lot 2070, United States to CanadaThe iconic letter from Saginaw, Michigan Territory, with the “Detroit” straightline, mailed while still under British occupation after the American Revolution

(Saginaw, Michigan Territory, to Montreal via Detroit, Jan. 24, 1792). Folded letter written by Charles D. Le Pallier and datelined Jan. 24, 1792 with the message (translated from French) “From the house of Mr. Jonathan Schiffelin at Saginaw where I traveled on my own business”, addressed to his brother-in-law James Morrison in Montreal, he writes “by an express that leaves Detroit for Mr. Schiffelin”, with “Detroit * Feb :4” straightline datestamp, carried by express, rated “1N8” collect in red for inland Canadian postage at 601-700 miles rate

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN PRIVATELY-OWNED EXAMPLE OF THE DETROIT STRAIGHTLINE USED DURING THE BRITISH OCCUPATION. THIS COVER ORIGINATED IN THE U.S. PORTION OF WHAT IS NOW MICHIGAN. ONE OF THE PARAMOUNT ITEMS OF EARLY CROSS-BORDER MAILS.

The sender, Charles Le Pallier, was a resident of Michilimackinac, but sent this from Saginaw. While part of the United States, Michigan did not become a territory until 1805. After the Revolutionary War, Detroit was maintained by the British as part of Canada. It was not until the Jay Treaty--signed on Nov. 19, 1794, and ratified on Feb. 26, 1796--that Detroit, along with other territory, was ceded to the United States, and the official border between the U.S. and Canada was established.

Ex Steinhart

E. 15,000-20,000
25,000