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Nile Register: Proclamation from Vt Governor Martin Chittenden regarding the British invasion during the War of 1812 & protection of our common country, and our liberty
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Nile Register: Proclamation from Vt Governor Martin Chittenden regarding the British invasion during the War of 1812 & protection of our common country, and our liberty

By H Niles

fine copy of the Niles Register Whole No. 161, October 15, 1814. Much indepth discussion by the Governor of Vermont, and others regarding the War of 1812 as it affected Vermont, and New York in Exxex & Clinton Counties, including the town of Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain.

$30.00

A Bill for the payment of the Vermont Militia for services at the Battle of Plattsburg & 2nd bill HR 1109 Paying the claims of the militia of Vermont called out by the Governor to prevent an unlawful incursion into Canada
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A Bill for the payment of the Vermont Militia for services at the Battle of Plattsburg & 2nd bill HR 1109 Paying the claims of the militia of Vermont called out by the Governor to prevent an unlawful incursion into Canada

By 24th Congress & 25th Congress

2 Senate bills, one dated 1836, and regards pensions for the soldiers and officers of the fourth regiment in the second brigade of the third division of the militia of the state of Vermont, who served at the Battle of Plattsburg September 11, 1814. The 2nd bill regards the claims of the militia of Vermont called out by the governor, at the instance of General Wool to prevent an unlawful incursion into Canada.

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thirtieth Congress second session Report 61-reports on various subjects including cannon for Norwich University; condition of the Congress building and White House; Revolutionary War pensions & much more.
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thirtieth Congress second session Report 61-reports on various subjects including cannon for Norwich University; condition of the Congress building and White House; Revolutionary War pensions & much more.

By House of Representatives

Report 61 issued by the Thirtieth Congress- 2nd session regarding loaning cannon to Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. Conditions of various government buildings in Washington, DC, including the Capitol, White House, Treasury, Post Office; also has several pages regarding Revolutionary War soldier's pensions, and the War of 1812, pension for Samuel Page, of Essex, Vt who was involved in the Battle of Plattsburgh Sept 11, 1814. Much more original printed information regarding the Congress of the United States.

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Stampless letter Liverpool to New York via Cartel ship \
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Stampless letter Liverpool to New York via Cartel ship "Fair American"

By Ogden Hubbard

Liverpool to New York, 1814, Cartel Ship. Folded letter datelined at Liverpool on Apr. 4, 1814, carried on cartel ship Fair American on Apr. 8, contents include "cartel now about to sail", arrived through the blockade at New York May 13, rated "6" cents for in-port ship fee, Very Fine use via cartel ship, which was carrying dispatches for the U.S. Secretary of State .Cartel ships, in iinternational law in the 18th and the 19th centuries, were ships employed on humanitarian voyages, in particular, to carry prisoners for exchange between places agreed upon in the terms of the exchange. While serving as a cartel, a ship was not subject to capture. However, if it engaged in commerce or warlike acts such as carrying official dispatches or messengers, it lost its character of inviolability and would then be subject to capture. The cartel protection extended to the return voyage. Furthermore, the prisoners being taken for exchange were under an obligation not to engage in hostilities towards their captors. If they were to capture the cartel ship, they would have no rights to salvage, and the owner of the vessel, if it were a ship from their country, would have no right to reclaim the vessel.

$600.00

1815 stampless autographed letter  signed John Evelith Cronstadt Russia to Captain William Graves St Petersburg, Russia
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1815 stampless autographed letter signed John Evelith Cronstadt Russia to Captain William Graves St Petersburg, Russia

By John Evelith

Captain William Graves was stranded in St Petersburg Russia for the duration of the War of 1812. In 1815 he received a letter from John Evelith, of Cronstadt, Russia about Capt Weymouth who had mentioned something concerning some passport or passports for your men but whether you wanted them just to Petersburgh or not he did not know, but thought Mr. Brown would know. Mr B tells me that he has been to T Spurrow & he tells him that he T S is accountable for all men that belong to the American vessels.

$75.00

1815 stampless manuscript Samuel Jones Cronstadt, Russia to Captain William Graves St Petersburg re sailor during War of 1812
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1815 stampless manuscript Samuel Jones Cronstadt, Russia to Captain William Graves St Petersburg re sailor during War of 1812

By Samuel Jones

1815 stampless manuscript letter from Samuel Jones, of Cronstadt, Russia, to Captain William Graves, of St. Petersburg. Due to the threats associated with privateers and enemy ships during the War of 1812, Captain Graves was forced to remain in Russia for the duration of the war. Captain Jones writes to him that "The bearer of this has applied to me for a berth on board my ship, but tells me he is indebted to his landlord in St. Petersburg 160Ro & that he cannot remain here with out giving him some security. You will oblige me if you will call on the landlord and tell him that I will employ the man & if he goes with me I will before I sail pay him the above sum on the man's account. He thinks the ice will be good enough for him to go to Petersburg tomorrow & return next day. If he does pray give us the news by him/ Saml Jones

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1813 stampless letter naming the benefits of selling American vessels to Russia and employment of American ships if not sold
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1813 stampless letter naming the benefits of selling American vessels to Russia and employment of American ships if not sold

By J Williams

William Graves, Captain of the "Abigail" was stranded in St Petersburg, Russia for the duration of the War of 1812. This April 1813 stampless letter from J Williams, of London addresses the concerns associated with American ships on the high seas during the war of 1812. Mr. Williams writes"If you are empowered to sell, and can effect a sale of your vessel, so much the better. As the war continues your owners must wish and approve of it. - a true and fair transfer to a Russian would be held good- no sale taking place, then employing the ship, if practicable, is to be recommended. How this can be done with safety, I am less able to determine than the merchants on the spot who have superior means of judging. If the government were to take up American Vessels for any purpose connected with the war- it would be a sufficient protection, no doubt" Excellent insight into perils facing captains of American ships during the War of 1812

$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

Utica, Ny manuscript postmark, and manuscript 25.5 war rate used during the War of 1812 in 1815
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Utica, Ny manuscript postmark, and manuscript 25.5 war rate used during the War of 1812 in 1815

By Fanny Hopkins

VF example of a 50% war rate established during the War of 1812, in 1815. Fine Utica, NY manuscript postmark and mss 25.5 war rate on this 1815 stampless letter, written by Fanny Hopkins, to her friend Kinsley Scot, of Burlington, Vt. The letter is of a personal nature, between friends.

$150.00

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.

$250.00

1815 Stampless autographed letter signed from Gen General Samuel Strong of the Vermont Militia to the Governor of New York state
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1815 Stampless autographed letter signed from Gen General Samuel Strong of the Vermont Militia to the Governor of New York state

By General Samuel Strong

Samuel Strong was a local militia leader during the War of 1812 who was instrumental in organizing local forces for the Battle of Plattsburgh near the end of that war. This letter is datelined Vergennes (Vt.) Jan 8, 1815, about 4 months after the Battle of Plattsburgh, also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain. General Strong and his Vermont militia were instrumental in the defeat of the British forces. General Strong writes to your excellency (Governor of New York), thanking him for the resolution of the legislature of the state of New York expressing the wonders of the men I had the good fortune to command on the late invasion of our northern frontier by the enemy........Should the enemy have the amenity again to invade us will be an additional pledge of a warm reception from our mountaineers. I shall most cherfully comply with your Excellency's request in communicating to the officers and men under my command on the 11th September lastthe high compliments in the resolution of your legislature. Signed Sam Strong. There is a manuscript "Examined" notation of the back side of the letter Excellent letter regarding Vermont's involvement in the War of 1812, and the Battle of Lake Champlain

$150.00

1814 Dr John R Briggs autographed letter signed written on board the US Brig Eagle one month after the Battle of Plattsburg on Lake Champlain
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1814 Dr John R Briggs autographed letter signed written on board the US Brig Eagle one month after the Battle of Plattsburg on Lake Champlain

By John R Briggs

US Brig Eagle dateline on Oct 14, 1814 stampless letter written by John R Briggs, surgeon aboard the USS Saratoga during the Battle of Plattsburg on Lake Champlain Sept 11, 1814. In this letter he writes to Raymond H J Perry, brother to Oliver Perry of War of 1812 fame. In the letter he writes " I sincerely regret your unfortunate illness at our late glorious success deprived the ship of your services and you no doubt of an opportunity of evincing to the world that there is yet more Perry's. Yet Sir, permit me to say you derive much consolation from the reflection of having discharged your duty". He sends more praise to Perry reflection upon his service as a ship's officer, and then discusses the fate of Sackett's Harbor and that Chauncy has no doubt been obliged to retire, and the British land and naval forces are now before the harbor. The stampless folded letter has a manuscript Plattsbh postmark, and a manuscript 20 ct rate for carriage to Bristol RI, where Raymond Perry resided.

$300.00