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lot # 3318 - united states postal history Stampless Covers - Free Franks

Wednesday Dec 15, 2021 10:00 America/New_York
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Ebenezer Hazard (1744-1817; American businessman and publisher) strong free frank "Free Eben Hazard" as Postmaster General on April 19, 1789 folded ALS and addressed in his hand to Rev. Jedediah Morse (father of inventor Samuel F. B. Morse) in Charlestown Mass., "N-York Apr. 19" and "Free" straight-line handstamps struck overlapping, receipt docketing, letter mentions "the Vice President is to be here tomorrow & we expect the President in the Course of this week..." (referencing the first Washington-Adams inauguration which occurred days later), letter split along one fold and some edge flaws, still Very Fine and quite scarce; ex-HesselrnAs postmaster for NY City, the postmaster general under the Articles of Confederation, he helped bind the country together. As a historical editor, he preserved precious documents for an entire generation of American historians. He was replaced as PMG by Washington at his earliest opportunity due to controversy over handling of the mails during Constitution ratification period. Sale 3054: Session 3 - United States Stamps and Covers

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