Lot 11551830 Report of the Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, on the Petitions Against the Transportation of the Sunday Mails., 15x22½", published by J. Marot, Philadelphia, of Mr. Johnson of Kentucky, from the Committee of the Post Office and Post Roads, petitioning against the transportation and opening of the Public Mail on the Sabbath day; some soiling and tears, framed, Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 11561850-55, Express Company Receipts, group of 5 receipts with four used, includes American Express Co. (Wells, Butterfield & Co.), Wells Butterfield & Co. 1850 with "Wasson" crossed out of letterhead, Adams Express Co., Wells & Co., and unused illustrated Kinsley & Co. with offices served listed on reverse; Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 1157[Post Office] "See 293 Sec. P.O. / Instructions", red two-line handstamp and matching "New-York Feb 16" cds on folded part printed circular to Postmaster George P. Talmadge of Warren Ct. from the editor of American Messenger requesting the postmaster reply with any subscribers that should be removed from their mailings to Warren; manuscript stain, Fine, ex-Richard Graham Collection.
Estimate $100 - 150.
In the 1832 instructions, Section 293 reads, "It is the practice of many to address their hand-bills to Postmasters, by which means they give them an extensive circulation, free of postage. This is an abuse which must be corrected. In every instance where you receive a communication, addressed to you as postmaster, with is of a private character, and designed to promote private interests, with an evident intention of giving circulation to it, without paying postage, you will return the same to the person who sent it, under a new envelope, with the charge of letter postage endorsed." This did not apply to this mailing as it was concerning postal matters.
Lot 1158Isaac Maltby Brd. Genl., free frank on 1811 (Jul. 20) folded letter to Boston Mass., endorsed "Free" and "Contains 4 returns on militia concerns" addressed to William Donnison Esqr, Adjt. Genl., Boston, inside is the return for the Second Brigade in the Fourth Division of the Militia commanded by Brigadier Gen. Maltby and additionally signed by him, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Brigadier General Maltby had command of the 2nd Brigade, 4th Massachusetts militia that he continued throughout the War of 1812, and was active in defending the coast of Boston in that period.
Lot 1159[War] Gideon Granger, free frank "free Granger pmg." signature on 1803 folded cover to Boston Mass., manuscript "War Department" endorsement, reddish "Washn. City Jul 30" cds with matching "Free" rating handstamp,docketing indicates original letter from Henry Dearborn July 29th 1803, repaired paper loss top center, F.-V.F., ex-Richard Graham Collection.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Under the Act of Congress approved March 2nd 1799, the "Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, Secretary of the Navy and the Postmaster General may frank letters or packets on official business, prepared by any other public office, in the absence of the principal." Granger served as Postmaster General from 1801 until 1814 under Jefferson and Madison, and it was the only post he held with the franking privilege.