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1815 Stampless letter manuscript Utica NY postmark and 25.5 War Rate
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1815 Stampless letter manuscript Utica NY postmark and 25.5 War Rate

By Fanny Hopkins

Nice example of a stampless letter used from a small town during the War of 1812. The postal rate reflects the 50% increase applied to all postal rates during 1815. Letter is from Fanny Hopkins, to her friend John Kinsley Scot of Bennington, Vt.

$100.00

Moon Ranch Cal manuscript postmark on 1855 stampless cover & letter
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Moon Ranch Cal manuscript postmark on 1855 stampless cover & letter

By George Eastman

1855 early letter from Moon Ranch California, written by George Eastman to Mrs Salinda Eastman in Springfield, Il. The Eastmans were probably ranchers, as the letter mentions cutting grain, which will produce 8-10,000 bushels, but the hogs are destroying a great deal of it every day, and will continue doing so until we finish threshing it. We have lost every year from 500-1000 bushels of grain by stock. Good timber is so scarce that it is impossible to make good fences with out a great deal of expense. He asks about the great fire in the public square of Springfield. .

$250.00

Spring Prairie WT 1835 stampless travel letter mailed back home to Vernon Center, NY
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Spring Prairie WT 1835 stampless travel letter mailed back home to Vernon Center, NY

By Thompson family

This is an excerpt from the letter written by the Thompsons who had moved to Spring Prairie Wisconsin Territory in 1835 There are actually three letters mailed together, from Earl, Reuben and Eleanor Thompson, to relatives in Vernon Center, N.Y. Dated August 31, 1835. They were in Walworth County, Wisconsin Territory (one states "Lafayette Walworth"). News of farming success ("crops are very good in this country") and the trip to Wisconsin ("We started..the 9th of July it was very warm whilst we were on the road we traveled 17 days layd by a day and arrived at our present home the 30th of July. The expence of traveling with ones own team is much the cheapest. We made our wagon our home when moving carried our own provision ...I cannot determine as yet how I shall like the country I think it is a fertile soil and encouraging for farmers but in a new country there are always many privations..." It was apparently mailed from `Spring Prairie, W.T." on Sept. 16th. One large piece of paper, folded, the main fold separating top three inches.

$100.00

1840 stampless illustrated letter sheet William Henry Harrison Seneca Falls, NY
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1840 stampless illustrated letter sheet William Henry Harrison Seneca Falls, NY

By P. B. Green

Interesting William Henry Henry Harrison illustrated stampless letter sheet, listed as WH-20 in the Milgram book. Letter is from sister in Seneca Falls, NY to her sister in East Brookfield, Mass. Interesting content regarding the town of Seneca Falls, NY. " It is not a pleasant village, full of flouring mills, one cotton mill, one pump factory. Almost 2/3 of a page is dedicated to the upcoming presidential election of 1840, when Harrison was the Whig candidate. The remainder of the letter is dedicated to family news..

$100.00

William Henry Harrison illustrated stampless letter sheet 1841
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William Henry Harrison illustrated stampless letter sheet 1841

By J C Brigham

William Henry Harrison illustrated campaign letter sheet 1841. Milgram WH-1, listed as rarity 3- 1-5 known. Engraved by N Dearborn imprint United States Hotel, Boston, Mass. dateline

$150.00

1812 stampless letter carried on the American Privateer Grecian to Annapolis- MD during the war of 1812- rare example of mail carried on a privateer
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1812 stampless letter carried on the American Privateer Grecian to Annapolis- MD during the war of 1812- rare example of mail carried on a privateer

By Samuel W Greene

The Grecian was an American schooner launched in 1812. During the war of 1812 she was issued a letter of Marque. She was captured by a ship of the Royal Navy on Feburary 5th, 1814 and was taken into service as the HMS Grecian. She was designed by Thomas Kemp of Baltimore. She was able to carry 20 guns, but never carried that many. Privateer ships were often used during the War of 1812, intercepting merchant shipping and carrying mail. Over 500 privateers captured 1300 enemy ships during the war. Offered is a stampless letter dated lined Bordeaux, France October 20, 1812, endorsed and carried by the American privateer ship "Grecian. It was addressed to Providence, RI, but the ship arrived at Annapolis MD.where it received a manuscript postmark, and a straight line ship marking. The letter was rated 22 cts in manuscript for the 300-500 mile rate, plus the 2ct ship fee. The letter relates to waiting down the river for a chance to proceed to sea. He writes about invoices, and letters pertaining to trade. This is an excellent example of a letter carried on an American privateer during the war of 1812. The letter was posted 3 weeks prior to the British blockade of the Chesapeake Bay.

$750.00

1803 stampless letter with New York clam shell postmark and manuscript Sh19 ship letter rate
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1803 stampless letter with New York clam shell postmark and manuscript Sh19 ship letter rate

By Benjamin Peirce

Britain declared war on France in 1803, but the US remained neutral from 1803-1806. During this time, the British were seizing British born-US naturalized citizens and forcing them to serve in the British Navy. This form of impressment of US citizens by the British was challenged by Thomas Jefferson, but the British failed to sign the treaty, and gave no concession regarding the matter of impressment. Offered is a stampless letter written by Benjamin Peirce to merchant William Vernon, of Newport, Rhode Island, in 1803. He writes about shipping brandy, and the cost of the brandy. "As soon as the ship is away, I shall return to Nantes and endeavor to get rid of the remainder of the cargo, if not sold before, and close the business. I fear the remainder of the indigo will go low, a large parcel having arrived at L'Orient very lately, but you may rest assured that I will do everything in my power for your advantage" The stampless letter has a black New York clam shell postmark, and a manuscript sh 19 for the 17ct inland postage from New York, to Newport, plus the 2ct ship fee.

$150.00

1797 stampless letter Benjamin Peirce autographed letter signed written at L\'Orient, France to William Vernon of Newport, RI
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1797 stampless letter Benjamin Peirce autographed letter signed written at L'Orient, France to William Vernon of Newport, RI

By Benjamin Peirce

As a result of the XYZ affair, relations with France soured to a point where a Quasi war was declared between the US and France. This stampless letter was written by Benjamin Peirce in L'Orient, France to William Vernon, the famous merchant of Newport, Rhode Island. He writes to Vernon " I wrote you the 21st September advising you of the William & cargo at the commercial tribunal (commercial court) in France & of the appeal of the captors to the civil tribunal at Vannes, but have found means to keep it off, tho expensive, until the commissioners were received, which gives me some distant hope of an acquittal" He writes that he has enclosed a certificate of the landing of the cargo, which could not be done before. He also writes about the cargo loaded onto the William, including sugar. He writes about sending copies of the commercial tribunal to congress, and also to the Vice Consul for the French Republic. " I do not believe all ships under the American flag are American property" Excellent references to the ongoing problems regarding seizure of American ships, leading up to the War of 1812

$250.00

1805 stampless letter with MHead manuscript postmark & mss Ship 19 for carriage to East Haddam Ct
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1805 stampless letter with MHead manuscript postmark & mss Ship 19 for carriage to East Haddam Ct

By Bartlet Shepard

Offered is a wonderful example of a stampless autographed letter carried by private ship into Marblehead, Massachusetts. The letter was placed in the mail, and received a manuscript MHead postmark, and was rated Sh 19, for the 17ct rate to East Haddam Ct, plus the 2ct ship fee for the captain. The captain writes to merchants at East Haddam Ct regarding his time at sea. Halifax November 17, 1805 has been crossed out and At Sea written in it's place. He writes that " I was boarded by the Cambrian Frigate and ordered on board with my papers. After they were examined the captain told me he should detain me and send me to Halifax. My mate and all my men, except the cook was taken out. A prize master mate and seven men put on board and made sail for this place" This letter is an example of events which lead up to the Embargo of 1807, and the War of 1812 HMS Cambrian was a Royal Navy 40 gun fifth rate frigate. She served in the English channel, and off North America. In 1805 Cambrian transferred to the Halifax station, where she harassed French and Spanish Shipping, and captured several privateers and merchantmen.

$800.00

Montpelier Vermont dotted oval postmark on stampless letter with manuscript 15 ct war rate
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Montpelier Vermont dotted oval postmark on stampless letter with manuscript 15 ct war rate

By Nicholas Bayler

VF Montpelier Vt dotted oval postmark on 1815 stampless letter to Norman Williams, noted lawyer and politician, of Woodstock, Vt. The manuscript 15 ct rate represents the 50% increase applied to letters to help support the War of 1812. These rates were withdrawn in 1816. The letter was written by Nicholas Bayler, of Monntpelier, Vt, and regards a legal matter.

$150.00

Montpelier dotted oval postmark on stampless letter with 15 ct War rate applied in 1815
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Montpelier dotted oval postmark on stampless letter with 15 ct War rate applied in 1815

By Nicholas Bayler

Vermontiana takes on many forms. The item offered here is a stampless letter, with a Montpelier dotted oval, used from 1815 to 1817. The letter has a manuscript 15 rate, which was the 10ct rate from Montpelier to Woodstock, plus the 50% increase in postage applied during the War of 1812. The letter is dated April 5th, 1815 and was written by Nicholas Bayler, to the famous politician and attorney, Norman Williams, in Woodstock, Vermont. William graduated from the University of Vermont, and served in the war of 1812. He also served as secretary of state, and was secretary of the Vermont senate. Some of the information noted here was taken from "The Postal History of Vermont", By George Slawson, Et Al 1969.

$200.00

1840 illustrated William Henry Harrison 1840 campaign stampless letter sheet
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1840 illustrated William Henry Harrison 1840 campaign stampless letter sheet

By S O Dunbar

Samuel O. Dunbar, apothecary (1850-1860) in Taunton, Massachusetts hand his hand in a wide range of businesses. He was a medicine maker as well as an ink maker. This combination is not too surprising since many in the apothecary trade were by necessity chemists. Dunbar sold ink in bottles embossed with his name. S. O. Dunbar bottles are highly collectible.Excellent illustrated letter sheet with image of William Henry Harrison issued for the 1840 presidential campaign, which Harrison won. This letter was written in Aug, of 1840, and Mr Dunbar is asking Mr Beal to attend a whig convention to oppose a political opponent.

$150.00

Scarce William Henry Harrison campaign illustrated 1840 stampless letter sheet
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Scarce William Henry Harrison campaign illustrated 1840 stampless letter sheet

By John Richard

Illustrated campaign letter sheet with images of William Henry Harrison, and log cabin. The imprint states: Sold by Allen & Co. 72 State St. This lettersheet is listed in the Milgram Book as WH-13, with 6-2 known-R-2. The letter is from John Richard, in Boston, to his brother, Capt. Stephen Baker, of Ipswich, Mass. He hopes his brother will come to visit, but if not, he asks him to send his pencil case. The stampless fl has a red Boston postmark, and a manuscript 6 rate.

$150.00

rare 1841 unlisted William Henry Harrison illustrated campaign stampless letter sheet
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rare 1841 unlisted William Henry Harrison illustrated campaign stampless letter sheet

By A W Kinney

A rare unlisted illustrated campaign lettersheet, with images of William Henry Harrison, his cabin, and an eagle, with the imprint P A Mesier, 28 Wall St NY. the inscription under the cabin reads "poor but honest". This design is unlisted in Dr Milgram's book " Presidential campaign illustrated envelopes and etter paper 1840-1872. 1840 was the 1st year that campaign letter sheets were used as campaign material in a presidential election. The 1840 election was a contest between William Henry Harrison, and Martin Van Buren. Harrison won. The letter is datelined Stanhope Iron works, 1841, and was written by AW Kinney to John Simmons, who was the manager of the Ulster Iron Works, based in Saugerties, NY. Mr Kinney has written to Mr. Simmons asking him to quit his job and come to work for the Stanhope Iron works. He writes the correspondence will be in confidence. They are hoping to make pig iron at Stanhope, and writes about bar iron and the 3-5 furnaces, which are filled with coal, and fired up. This is an excellent letter regarding the iron business in Stanhope, NJ, combined with an unlisted political campain design. The stampless folded letter has a f red oval Stanhope, NJ postmark, and a manuscript postal rate.

$300.00

Embossed portrait of William Henry Harrison on 1842 illustrated campaign stampless  lettersheet
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Embossed portrait of William Henry Harrison on 1842 illustrated campaign stampless lettersheet

By Sarah

offered is a rare unlisted illustrated campaign letter sheet, with an embossed image of William Henry Harrison, issued during the 1840 presidential against Martin Van Buren. A similar letter sheet is shown as WH-30 in Dr Milgram's book " Presidential campaign illustrated envelopes and letter paper 1840-1872. This lettersheet has an image of Harrison's Cabin, and the imprint states: entered according to act of congress in the year 1840 by Nath Dearborn in the clerk's office in the district court of Mass. The folded letter, with no postal markings, was written by Sarah, to her friend Lucy Howland, in Providence, RI. .It is a rather random letter, with information pertaining to both of them. This isa true find for collectors or researchers of early political campaign ephemera.

$250.00