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State Postmarks - Florida: Quincy to Woodstock Mills

Lots 1037-1046 Lots 1047-1056 Lots 1057-1063

Lot 1037    

Quincy Flo., "Decr 5", clear strike of red oval postmark with manuscript date and matching "18¾" rating to Montgomery Ala., good domestic contents with much reference to sickness, selling negroes, and getting 'fat and saucy' in Florida; trivial edge wear, Very Fine, an attractive example of this marking usually found almost always weak or incomplete.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $250

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Lot 1038    

"Rocky Comfort Fla, 9th January", manuscript postmark with matching "Free, An. G. Sweet P.M." free frank on 1832 folded letter to Caliborne Ala., letter in regards to receipt of money; aging and toning, Fine, a very scarce postmark.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $250

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Lot 1039    

"Shell Point Florida, Septr. 30th 1835", dateline on folded letter with "Tallahassee, Flo, Tco 7" oval datestamp (Oct month slug wrong letter order) and manuscript "50" rating addressed to The Governor of New Jersey, Trenton, original broadside enclosure 19.5"x11.5" accompanies headed The Shell Point Meeting starting, "In pursuance of public notice, a very large meeting of the citizens of Shell Point took place on the 19th inst. to express themselves upon the question which has created such universal excitement throughout the slave holding States."; letter tape stained and separated folds, broadside split at center and fold separations, Fine.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

A HISTORICAL LETTER AND DOCUMENT SHOWING THE PRO-SLAVERY SENTIMENTS IN FLORIDA TERRITORY.

The Shell Point Meeting broadside is apparently a statement by the pro-slavery populace of Shell Point, residents of a village near Tallahassee in the Florida Territory. The impetus for the meeting was probably a reaction to the mailing of thousands of copies of tracts issued by the American Anti-Slavery Society to individuals in the Southern states. After an indignant mob removed a mass of these papers from the post office at Charleston, S.C., in July, 1835, and burned them, Postmaster-General Amos Kendall wrote postmasters in the South sanctioning their removal of such literature. Feelings grew bitter throughout the country and violent means were used to silence unwelcome opinions.

The resolutions passed at the Shell Point, Florida Territory meeting are indicative of the bitter fears that the federal government was not going to entirely protect the Southern states' slave-holding rights. In part: "Resolved, that we ever look upon this as the GREAT SPLITTING QUESTION among the States; that most political questions are subordinate, and many others owe their existence to it; all of which has ever appeared to us a political absurdity. For, why should this interest create opposition from any quarter, when it is known that products of the 'slave labor' balances the trade of the whole republic, and squares accounts with all other nations."

The immediate target of the wrath of the citizens of Shell point was Arthur Tappan, a leading founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Referring to a Louisiana law making a capital offense of aiding or abetting the circulation of incendiary abolition papers, the resolves call for the governor of New York to give up "such conspicuous person or persons as are known to be foremost in this work of crime and sedition, so that the question may be fairly tried as to their liability under the law …such is our pity, scorn, and contempt of Arthur Tappan and his coadjutors…that we heartily approve of the conduct of the citizens of New Orleans, Charleston, Macon, and elsewhere, in offering a premium for said Tappan, and we will be pleased to pay a pro-rato amount for his delivery." The proceedings of the meeting were to be published in all newspapers in the U. S. Especially mentioned are particular papers in Florida, Washington, Richmond, Charleston, Nashville, New Orleans and Mississippi.

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Lot 1040    

St. Augustine, 5 Feby 1822, type II straightline postmark with manuscript date on folded letter to Tunkhannook, Pa., manuscript "Via Philada" endorsement & "25" rate, Extremely Fine and choice; one of the finest of only four recorded examples of this rare postmark used during the American Military Government period.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

This has an interesting letter regarding trip to Florida ("… saw an Indian Wigwam"), plus vegetation & living conditions in Florida.

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Current Opening Bid: $475

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Lot 1041    

St. Augustine / 6 July 1822, clear strike type III straightline postmark on folded letter to New York City, endorsed "On Publick Service", the concerns troop movements, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 1042    

St. Augustine, Dec. 17., type VII straightline postmark and manuscript "50" rate on 1822 on folded lettersheet to New York City; vertical file folds, Very Fine, one of five recorded examples of this postmark.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1043    

St. Augustine, "8 Jany" (American Military Government Period), straightline postmark with manuscript date and matching "Free" rating on 1822 folded letter to James Gadsden, Adjutant & Inspector General, Washington D.C., contents concern the desire of the military sutler at St. Augustine to supply troops at Savannah; some separations along file folds, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED HANDSTAMPED MARKING OF THIS OFFICE DURING THE AMERICAN MILITARY GOVERNMENT PERIOD.

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Lot 1044    

St. Augustine, 30 April 1822., double strike of two-line postmark and manuscript "Free" rating on folded letter to Gen. Danl. Parker, Paymaster General, Washington D.C.; fold staining, Fine, a very early territorial use.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $290

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Lot 1045    

St. Augustine, / 18 June 1822., sharp complete strike of two-line postmark on folded cover to William Reynolds, Legislature Council, Pensacola, docketed that originally contained a petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Augustine praying a limitation to contracts not under seal; central file fold, clean and Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $375

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Lot 1046    

St. Augustine, E. Flor., Jun 14, remarkable bold oval postmark (type XII) in paint red on 1826 folded letter to Col. R. Jones, Adj. Gen., Washington D.C., letter is an acceptance of Quartermaster position; some fold separations, light stain at top, a Very Fine and beautiful strike, ex-Meroni.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $290

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