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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
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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

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 These rates were withdrawn in 1816.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