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1797 - PHILADELPHIA TO BOSTON WITH FRANKLIN MARK & DOUBLE WEIGHT 40¢
FROM JAMES GREENLEAF - WASHINGTON DC LAND SPECULATOR
This covers shows the American "Franklin Mark" cancel. Patterned after the
British "Bishop Mark" (introduced in England by British PM
Henry Bishop in the 1660's) it was used to date stamp a letter to show when it
was received by the local post office. The
intention was that the "received by" date would document the time for
local delivery and thus prompt the postman to be diligent in his rounds.
The American version is in black with "day over month" in a circle with
no dividing line. The British mark has a dividing line and can have the
day or month on the top depending upon whether or not it was inland or
foreign post. There are also Scottish (oval in red) and Irish "Bishop
Marks", as well as Canadian. The American version was named after
Benjamin Franklin the first US Postmaster and is found on US delivered
letters from the latter part of the 18th century, disappearing from
much scarcer than the British Bishop Mark.
COVERED BY OUR 5 YEAR PHILATELIC GUARANTEE
"30/M[A]R[RCH]" Franklin Mark
Franklin Mark 30 March + ms "40" for 40¢ postage due for a double weight
letter traveling 250-350 miles.
Reverse: Docketing and overflow red ink comments from 1879
about James Greenleaf and his financial ruin stating he declares his
insolvency and desperate financial circumstances.
Notes: James Greenleaf, Philadelphia March 30, 1797 to
Messrs Jeffrey & Russell, Boston. James Greenleaf was the first major
speculator in the development of the newly planned City of Washington,
DC. He brought in Robert Morris and collectively with John Nicholson the
trio latter formed the infamous North American Land Company. The
incredible land speculation scheme that ruined them all.
Condition: Very Fine with usual file folds.
Contents: Cover sheet only no contents.
Reverse of Cover
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