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1800 NEW YORK BLACK CLAMSHELL CANCELLED COVER TO MASKELL EWING
RECORDER FOR THE CITY OF TRENTON FROM THOMAS NIXON (ALS)

This covers shows the scarce New York City "Clam Shell" cancel. There were two iterations of this cancel, one having New York in large type and a small date and a later one with New York in smaller type and the date larger. This is of the 1st type. The black color type 1 was only in use from 1798-1802.

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NEW YORK "CLAMSHELL" Cancel


"20" Red Paid Rate


"PAID" Handstamp

Front: Black New York Clamshell + "PAID" in black and red ms "20[¢]". 20¢ was the double rate for a letter traveling 60-100 miles. It was either doubled due to an extra sheet to conceal the banknotes sent, or as a "registered" charge.
Reverse: Docketing Note: "Thomas Nixon, Letter of Credit" and owner note "Thomas Nixon ALS"
Notes: Addressed to Maskell Ewing Esq. Maskell Ewing, Jr., the son of Mary Paget and Maskell Ewing, Sr., was born in Greenwich, New Jersey (Cumberland County) on January 30, 1758. Maskell, Sr. served as the County Clerk in Greenwich and Maskell, Jr. grew up helping his father. His experience was rewarded when he was appointed clerk of the General Assembly in Trenton before he was 21 year old. Maskell, Jr. relocated to Trenton and stayed in the position of clerk for the next twenty years. The legal world also interested Maskell, Jr. and he became an attorney in 1788 after studying under lawyer William C. Houston. Maskell served as the recorder of the City of Trenton from approximately 1799-1805 and, after moving to Philadelphia and then to Delaware County, Pennsylvania in 1805, he served as the state senator from that county for six years. Maskell Ewing, Jr. died on August 26, 1825, while visiting his hometown of Greenwich, New Jersey.
Note on Thomas Nixon: The 4th Continental Regiment was commanded by Colonel John Nixon until August 9, 1776, the date on which he was made a Continental brigadier general. On that date the regiment’s next senior officer, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Nixon, assumed command with the rank of colonel. The 6th Massachusetts Regiment (Nixon’s Regiment) was formed by reorganizing the 4th Continental Regiment as a regiment to serve for the duration. The commanding officer, Thomas Nixon, had been the lieutenant colonel of John Nixon’s Regiment in 1775 and lieutenant colonel of the 4th Continental Regiment in 1776. He was promoted to colonel on August 9, 1776.
Condition: Very Fine with usual file folds. Slight separation at one outer fold.
Contents: Sheet Folded Letter Dateline New York February 25th, 1800. Addressed to Maskell Ewing, Esq., Clerk of the General Assembly of New Jersey and Recorder for the City of Trenton. Thomas Nixon sends along $30 to offset the charges of a "John" who is deep in drink and debt and apparently wandering naked through the streets!


Reverse of Cover

 

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