Lot 30611814 (Oct. 10) London, England to Germantown Pa., datelined folded letter addressed to Germantown "near Philadelphia", carried through the Delaware Bay blockade to Philadelphia, flap with manuscript "Enclosed to and forwarded by… P.F. Guntworth 4 Dec. 1814", red "PHI 4 DE" cds with manuscript "8" cent rate for less than 40 miles to Germantown, Very Fine, a choice blockade-run cover handled by a Philadelphia forwarder, ex-Walske.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BLOCKADE-RUN IN OR OUT OF DELAWARE BAY DURING THE WAR OF 1812-15.
"The enemy's squadron have been in the Bay for two or three days, consisting of the "Spenser" 74 and the "Pactolus" frigate, with a tender." Extract of a letter from Lewes, Delaware, 2 Dec 1814: Poulson's American Daily Advertiser, 12 Dec.