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State Postmarks - Georgia, Illinois & Kansas

Lots 1345-1354

Lot 1345    

(Georgia) "Fort Wilkinson, 26th June 1798", manuscript postmark with matching "25 cts Paid, J.Whitney P.M." rating on folded letter from Fort Sutler to Snow Hill Md., contents concern sale of land by Indians, "…white persons who have settled amongst them (the Indians) and who from their long residence there and natural corrupt hearts have become more savage than the real Muskogee…tired of the Indian business"; tong and reinforced fold separations, Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED UNITED STATES FORT POSTMARK.

Fort Wilkinson was named for General James Wilkinson located on Oconee River four miles south of Milledgeville site of negotiation of June 1802 land treaty with Creeks. Fort Sutler's letter

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Lot 1346    

Bluffdale, Illinois, Jan. 15, red homemade double-oval datestamp and manuscript "25" rating on docketed 1832 folded cover to Rev. Brigham at New York N.Y., Very Fine and choice strike.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1347    

"Equality Ill, April 27th", manuscript postmark below crossed out manuscript "Raleigh Ill, Apr 27" postmark and "Paid 5" rating on blue 1850 folded letter datelined "Marion Ill. 27th April 1850" to Hopkinsville Ky.; light edge toning, F.-V.F., this letter was written by a black man.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 1348    

Galesburg Ill, clear strike of brownish straightline remailing postmark with red manuscript "May 26" date and "25" cent rating on 1842 folded letter to New York N.y., originally mailed with "Canton Ills. May 11" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with manuscript "10" rating to Galesburg (pencil address erased and remailed); file fold, Very Fine and attractive use, ex-Rohloff.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 1349    

Jacksonville Ill Nov. 29, rimless oval postmark with manuscript "25" rating on 1830 folded letter to Mocksville N.C., long letter, Very Fine and scarce postmark.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 1350    

Jacksonville Ill. Feb 9, red double oval datestamp and manuscript "25" rating on clean 1833 folded letter to Middlebury Vt., interesting long letter telling of journey from south to Illinois "through the Cherokee Nation", mentions Illinois land at $1.25 an acre, tells building of log house, encourages friend to visit him and possibly settle in Illinois "We apprehend no more trouble from the Indians, the Indian War and short crops last year were drawbacks", etc., Very Fine and rare marking.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1351    

Saint Marie, Illinois, fancy starred double-circle postmark with manuscript "21 March 1848" date and "Paid 10cts" rating on transatlantic folded cover to France, red Le Havre (5.9) entry cds with manuscript "10" decimes due rating, Brumath (5.12) arrival backstamp, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 1352    

"Shawnee town, 3 Febry" (Territory), manuscript postmark and matching "25" cent rating on 1811 folded letter to Derby Ct., written by Peter Lewis who in 1818 was appointed by Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards as a Captain in the 6th Regiment; faults mostly at edges, F.-V.F., ex-Meroni.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Shawneetown was at the time one of the most important towns in the Illinois Territory. It had one of the principal land offices and was a shipping point for salt.

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Lot 1353    

Winchester. Ill., straightline postmark with red manuscript "Apl 1" rate and "25" cent rating on 1834 folded letter to Colchester Vt.; cover faults including folds reinforcement, Fine and rare straightline.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1354    

Fort Scott, Kansas Territory to Lecompton, Kansas Territory, 1858 (May 16), orange cover to Hon. J.W. Denver, Governor of Kansas Territory, endorsed "Express" at lower left, docketed as from "Judge Williams" at left and pencil "May 16, 1858" dating at bottom; small opening tear, Fine and scarce Kansas Territory military express use.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

This Kansas Territorial cover was sent via military express from Fort Scott to Lecompton. James W. Denver was the Territorial Governor of Kansas from December 1857 to November 1858. Judge Joseph J. Williams of the Third Judicial District of Kansas was pre-slavery and he supported the Lecompton Constitution. He was writing Denver to undermine the referendum that suspended this constitution in January 1858. Several original letters have survived, including four in the Wichita State University Archives.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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