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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
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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