Lot 12571852, 1¢ blue, type IV, diagonal bisect, upper right portion of stamp tied by "New Haven, Conn., Jul 29" cds on 1853 printed "General Land and Pension Agency" circular from Alfred J. Works of New Haven, Conn. and addressed to "Mrs. Julia A. Goff, Hartford, Conn."; circular with some internal separations, Very Fine; with 2012 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9b Estimate $30,000 - 40,000.
THE UNIQUE BISECT USAGE OF THE 1851 1¢ IMPERFORATE ISSUE - USED TO PAY THE 1852 RATE WHICH CALLED FOR PRINTED MATTER CIRCULATED IN THE STATE WHERE PUBLISHED TO BE CHARGED ONE HALF THE 1¢ RATE.
Alfred J. Works, an attorney and sender of this circular, took advantage of a rate concession in the Act of August 30, 1852 (32nd Congress, Session I, Ch. 98), in which states; "Newspapers and periodicals, not weighing over one ounce and a half, when circulated in the State where published, shall be charged one half of the rates before mentioned", however printed circulars were not included in this concession. However, the New Haven and Hartford post offices apparently accepted this circular as fully pre-paid.
Extensive research and write-up regarding this fascinating cover can be found in the Robert A. Siegel, Inc. Auction #1040A, Lot 1179A (March 26, 2013).