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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

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