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Lot# 4003 - Auction 265-273

  • Lot# : 4003 USA

    1766 (July 31): Entire letter from Boston via Hartford to New Haven marked on front panel "1.8" in manuscript (1 penny-weight, 8 grains of silver) the equivalent of 8d. sterling (and the rate for under 60 miles from Hartford to New Haven), with, on reverse a superb strike of two line "HART / FORD" handstamp in black: only recorded in use from 1766 to 1772. This handstamp was made in England and supplied by the General Post Office. A superb strike - a magnificent rarity in the foremost quality.rnrnNote: The sender, Andrew Oliver became Lt. Governor of Massachusetts in 1770. He was hanged in effigy (and his home and office ransacked) for his support of the vastly unpopular Stamp Act and for accepting the office of Distributor of Stamps, even though he was privately against it. The addressee, Jared Ingersoll was a Connecticut Stamp Agent and Judge of the Court of the Admiralty: his son, also named Jared (1749-1822) was a lawyer and statesman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress and a signator of the United States Constitution.rn 
    Starting bid : 4,000.00 CHF
    Hammer price : 16,000.00 CHF