WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799) Hand addressed by Washinton to Capt. Thomas Arnold. On Public Service.
ADAMS, John (1735-1826) Addressed to his Vice President Elbridge Gerry. Gerry was also a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
JEFFERSON, Thomas (1743-1826) Addressed to John Dickinson. Dickinson was an influential leader in the Continental Congress. He abstained from voting for Independence and refused to approve the Declaration. Dickinson College in Pennsylvania is named in his honor.
MADISON, James (1751-1836) On a portion of a panel signed “Free James Madison” Written above his name: “Dec.1823, Encl of Wheat from Algiers.….” adding several more lines about wheat being infected by the fly and proving that the fly is not in the grain but eggs laid on the stalk for no fly is found in Algiers, affecting the Wheat.” Originally addressed to someone in Philadelphia.
ADAMS, J. Q. (1767-1848) Address panel, Department of State, “FREE J.Q. Adams” addressed in another hand “His excellency John Adair, Frankfort, KY.” John Adair was an American pioneer, slave trader, soldier, General in the War of 1812, who led the Kentucky troops into the battle of New Orleans and Governor of Kentucky.
JACKSON, Andrew (1767-1845) Bold, Free Franking signature on an address panel addressed in another hand to Miss E.M. Taney Baltimore M.D.
VAN BUREN, Martin (1782-1862) Free Frank, unfolded with center panel “Free M. Van Buren” addressed in Van Buren’s hand to “Mr. George H. Bulland Exeter N.Hampshire.”
TYLER, John (1790-1862) Envelope with a Franking signature “J. Tyler” addressed to Hon. J.Y. Mason Secretary of the Navy Washington. Later he was appointed Attorney General of the U.S. Reverse retains a full original wax seal.
FILLMORE, Millard (1800-1874). Envelope with a Free Franking signature “Free M. Fillmore V.P.” addressed to John Hancock Esq. Albany N.Y. Reverse retains a full original wax seal.
PIERCE, Franklin (1804-1869). Black bordered envelope bearing a Free Franking signature “Free Franklin Pierce.” Addressed to Hon. John Aiken. No.71 Milk St. Boston. Pierce’s last surviving son, Benjamin, was killed in a train accident shortly before Pierce’s inauguration.
BUCHANAN, James (1791-1868) Very scarce legal size envelope bearing a FREE Franking signature “Free James Buchanan.” Not addressed.
LINCOLN, Abraham (1809-1865) Rare Free Franking signature “A. Lincoln” handsomely penned on a large envelope, appx. 3.5”x6”. The envelope is addressed entirely in Lincoln’s hand. Lincoln writes : “Admiral Dahlgren.” He adds in the lower left-corner: “Introducing Capt. Lavender.” Lincoln free franks are becoming quite rare and to find one with a message also written on the front is quite unusual. Admiral Dalgren commanded the Federal Fleet at Charleston Harbor which had the city’s fortifications under constant watch. Capt. Lavender (an 18-year sea Captain) desired to demonstrate a device for discovering and removing underwater obstacles to vessels which already had Lincoln’s endorsement. The following illustration may be the letter that was originally enclosed in this envelope.
JOHNSON, Andrew (1808-1875) Attractive envelope bearing a Free Franking full signature “Free Andrew Johnson M.C.” Addressed in his hand “D.J. Patterson Esqr Greenville Tenn.”
GARFIELD, James A. (1831-1881) Envelope with a free Franking signature: “J.A. Garfield M.C.” Addressed by Garfield’s hand to “Prof B.A. Hinsdale Alliance Ohio.” Hinsdale served as President of Hiram College. He authored The Works of James A. Garfield. He rose to become one of America’s pioneers in education. Not all franking signatures of Garfield are genuine. Many are signed for him by either a secretary or by his wife Lucretia Garfield.
Some of the Free Franks comes with COA’s from the RAAB Collection, a few from The History Buff, and PSA/DNA. A collection similar to this, will be quite difficult to put together in the future. Net to allph market bear secretarial signatures of Carole Landis. In fine condition.........$53,750.00