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Lot 375

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, John Quincy Adams, 1841, sixth President of the United States, clear Free Frank "J. Q. Adams" as member of Congress on Aug. 29, 1841 letter to Joseph E. Worcester in Cambridge, a famous lexicographer of his day who competed directly with Noah Webster, letter's content concerns acquiring census information, Adams served a number of terms in the House post-Presidency, Washington, DC cds with Free handstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate $325-375.
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Lot 376

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, John C. Breckenridge, Circa 1855, Vice President under James Buchanan, also served as Confederate States Secretary of War, sent while representing Kentucky in the House of Representatives, May 8 (c.1855) with Washington D.C./Free cds, light staining.
Estimate $180-220.
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Lot 377

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, James Buchanan, 1832, fifteenth President of the United States, Lancaster, Mar. 11, 1832, addressed in Buchanan's hand, stain in upper left corner, far from signature, rare usage as Russian Ambassador. At the time of this letter Buchanan had been confirmed as envoy to Russia and would leave for that country within the next few weeks.
Estimate $270-350.
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Lot 378

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, James Buchanan, 1836, Fifteenth President of the United States, Free Frank and letter all in Buchanan's hand, written during his first Senate term from Lancaster Aug. 17, 1836, letter has political content "I have written to Gov. Brown today according to the request contained in your letter. I should have written sooner but I was absent from Lancaster. I hope it is not too late. Whilst at Bedford I had an opportunity of seeing many of our friends from the West. The party in that quarter are united and harmonious. They are ardent and energetic in their movement. From present appearances I shall be disappointed if M. Van Buren should not receive the vote of the state by a majority of more than 15,000, From Y. Friend, James Buchanan", Fine.
Estimate $450-550.
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Lot 379

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, James Buchanan, 1840, fifteenth President of the United States, Mar. 3, 1840 while a U.S. Senator, Very Fine.
Estimate $270-350.
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Lot 380

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, James Buchanan, 1844, fifteenth President of the United States, sent as Senator to his friend Glancy Jones who served as a Pennsylvania Congressman, Washington City, DC cds, March 29, 1844, address is in Buchanan's hand.
Estimate $270-350.
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Lot 381

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, William Crawford, 1821, as Secretary of the Treasury for Presidents Madison and Monroe, Washington City cds, Aug. 16,1821, Fine. Crawford also served as Secretary of War and was a Presidential candidate in 1824.
Estimate $90-120.
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Lot 382

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, John C. Calhoun, 1822, as Secretary of War. 1822 FL to Commander of the US Arsenal near Baltimore, inside is 2 page letter from Lt. Col. G. Bomford concerning shipping cannon, file fold, partial fold separation in letter. Calhoun also served as Secretary of State, Senator and Vice President to John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson.
Estimate $160-200.
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Lot 383

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Lewis Cass, 1834, franked by Lewis Cass for the Department of War and Col. G. Bomford for the Ordinance Office, City of Washington cds, Mar. 20, 1834, letter inside dealing with the delivery of ordinance. Cass was Secretary of War under Jackson and Buchanan's Secretary of State.
Estimate $110-140.
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Lot 384

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Henry Clay, franked "H. Clay free" and addressed in Clay's hand to Edmund Randolph, first Attorney General of Virginia and representative to Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention, Clay served a Kentucky Senator and Secretary of State for J. Q. Adams. Clay was also a three time candidate for President.
Estimate $140-220.
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Lot 385

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Jefferson Davis, 1860, President of the Confederacy and United States Senator, bold signature as Senator on envelope with partial Washington City, D.C./Free cds, Feb. 14, 1860, minor tear at upper left corner.
Estimate $1,100-1,350.
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Lot 386

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Stephen A. Douglas, Democratic nominee for President defeated by Lincoln in 1860, famous for Lincoln-Douglas debates during Illinois Senate race, "free/S.A. Douglas/U.S.S." frank on VF mourning cover addressed in Douglas' hand, Fine overall.
Estimate $140-170.
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Lot 387

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Millard Fillmore, 1851, thirteenth President of the United States, "M. Fillmore" frank as President with March 8, 1851, Washington D. C. cds, oversized envelope with file folds at either end and some staining at left, none of which affects signature, docketing "President Fillmore March 1851" at left, Fine overall.
Estimate $350-425.
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Lot 388

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, John Forsythe, franked "Department of State/Jn Forsyth" on #10 sized envelope, addressed to Francis Scott Key, docketing is in Key's hand, Forsyth was Secretary of State for Presidents Jackson and Van Buren and also served as Senator from Georgia, envelope has been repaired not affecting frank, address or docketing. Composer of Star-Spangled Banner.
Estimate $120-160.
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Lot 389

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President under Abraham Lincoln, Governor of Maine and Senator, frank as Senator "H. Hamlin" on a State of Maine form attesting to an oath taken by a state appointee, Hamlin's signature also appears on the form, Very Good to Fine.
Estimate $160-200.
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Lot 390

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, James Buchanan Henry, 1857, Nephew and Private Secretary to James Buchanan, two covers, Frank "J. Buchanan Henry" on official envelope inscribed "from the President of the United States/ Priv. Sec." April 28, 1857 addressed with a letter in his hand, small stain on envelope, repaired tears on letter; second is small cover addressed to Henry at the Executive Mansion, franked with #26 from New York.
Estimate $350-450.
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Lot 391

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Andrew Jackson, 1840, seventh President of The United States, franked as ex-President "Free Andrew Jackson" with blue Nashville, T. cds and ms "Fr." Oct 21, 1840, addressed in Jackson's hand, some staining and file folds on each side through address and signature, Fine overall.
Estimate $270-350.
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Lot 392

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Andrew Johnson, seventeenth President of the United States, Free Frank as President on oversized cover addressed to James Buchanan, Wheatland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Presidential wax seal on reverse, Washington DC/ Dec 12/Free cds on front, small piece missing upper right corner, very minor edge tears, unique usage of a scarce Presidential frank, rare President to President correspondence.
Estimate $2,200-3,000.
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$1,500
Lot 393

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Richard M. Johnson, Vice President under Martin Van Buren, partial Frankfort, KY cds, some staining along top edge, small tear at top, Fine overall. Also served as Senator from Kentucky.
Estimate $100-140.
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Lot 394

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Abraham Lincoln, 1862, sixteenth President of the United States, while in office, double ring Washington, DC handstamp ties signature, tip of backflap repaired with small piece still missing at right, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate $4,000-4,500.
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Lot 395

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, James Madison, 1825, fourth President of the United States, "Free James Madison" frank with ms Orange CH, VA, Dec. 1, 1825, addressed to George Ticknor, noted Harvard professor and scholar, two vertical file folds, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $450-550.
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Lot 396

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, franked "Dept of State/ Jas Monroe" on letter to Alexander Dallas, Secretary of the Treasury under Madison and an important Pennsylvania politician, Monroe was Secretary of State under Madison.
Estimate $325-400.
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Lot 397

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Franklin Pierce, 1839, fourteenth President of the United States, franked as Senator "Fr. Pierce" with ms Hillsboro, N.H., Oct. 20, 1839, some staining.
Estimate $220-300.
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Lot 398

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, James K. Polk, 1831, eleventh President of the United States, Free Frank as Speaker of the House and separate two-page letter, all in Polk's hand, Oct. 6, 1831, letter concerns the details of hiring a coach for daylight travel for one week and details of meals and lodging along the way, address sheet has been repaired at top not affecting marking address or frank, Very Fine.
Estimate $1,800-2,700.
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Lot 399

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Winfield Scott, Commanding General of the Army under seven Presidents, West Point, NY cds, an engraving of Scott is incl. with the cover, stain on frank, otherwise Very Fine. Whig nominee for President in 1852.
Estimate $180-250.
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Lot 400

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, William H. Seward, Secretary of State for Lincoln, best known for completing the purchase of Alaska, "Seward's Folly", ms "Cal Ex" on cover, horizontal file fold above address. Also served as New York Governor and Senator.
Estimate $140-180.
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Lot 401

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United States, Free Frank on folded letter sheet with unintelligible New York cds, narrow stain at bottom away from frank, Fine or better.
Estimate $300-400.
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Lot 402

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Daniel Webster, served as Secretary of State for Millard Fillmore, folded letter sheet to Mary Webster with red Boston cds and Free handstamp, frank as Senator, some notching at edges. Also served as Senator from Massachusetts.
Estimate $130-170.
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Lot 403

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Senators, 16 prominent Senators, incl. Thomas Hart Benton (2), one with content; William Wilkins to Gov. Wise of VA. (front); James Shields, served a Senator from Missouri, Illinois and Minnesota, Union General during Civil War; William Gwin of California; John Davis, Massachusetts; William Bigler, PA.; John J. Crittenden, Kentucky; Richard Broadhead, PA.; Lyman Trumball, Illinois, co-author of Thirteenth Amendment, Charles Sumner, Mass., beaten on Senate floor; Howell Cobb, Georgia Sec. of Treasury, Confederate General; Joseph Lane, Oregon; John M. Mason, Virginia; Alexander Stephens (printed); John W. Forney, Secretary of the Senate.
Estimate $270-325.
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Lot 404

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Postmaster Generals, 7 incl. Aaron Brown (PMG for Buchanan) Free Frank as Congressman with nice Columbus, TN dashed cds, addressed to R.M.T. Hunter; Frank and letter in hand of Cave Johnson, Polk's PMG, addressed to J.W. Campbell; J.W. Campbell frank as PMG; letter to Campbell as PMG; cover addressed to Montgomery Blair, Lincoln's PMG, 2 Post Office Department checks, one signed by Cave Johnson, second by James Campbell, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $270-325.
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Lot 405

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, House of Representatives, 11 prominent members, incl. J.W. Denver, after whom the city was named; Samuel Ingram, served as Jackson's Sec. of Treasury; Pennsylvania Congressmen J. Hickman, Thomas Florence, Glancy Jones, John Sergeant. Thaddeus Stevens, John Covode; all-over cover of 36th Congress franked by James M. Ashley, later Governor of Montana Territory; Eli Wasburne, close associate of Lincoln; John W. Forney, Clerk of the House of Reps. Ingram, Stevens, Forney and Sergeant covers with content, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $180-270.
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Lot 406

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Speakers of the House, 2 incl. John W. Taylor who served two terms as Speaker, 1819-21 and 1825-27, bold frank of FLS with two vertical file folds; and James Orr served as Speaker 1857-59, Orr served in the Confederate Senate and later as Governor of South Carolina, Frank as Speaker on small envelope, small notch missing on right edge.
Estimate $130-180.
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Lot 407

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Executive Branch, 9 different from various Offices, incl. William Meredith, Sec. of Treas.; Amos Kendall as 4th Auditor; William Lewis, 2nd Auditor; Jesse Miller, 1st Auditor; Levi Woodberry, Sec of Treas., appointed to Supreme Court; Moses Kelly, Chief Clerk, Dept. of Interior; John Y. Mason as Minister to France, diplomatic mail; Edward Livingston, Sec. of State; J.W. Forney, Sec. of Senate.
Estimate $130-180.
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Lot 408

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Secretary of State, Two incl. Edward Livingston's as Jackson's Secretary of State on oversized envelope, May 22, 1832, Washington City cds, addressed to Governor of Massachusetts on printed State Department form, Edward Everett of Massachusetts, Secretary of State for Millard Fillmore.
Estimate $120-150.
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Lot 409

United States, James Buchanan Exhibit, Free Franks, Attorney General, 5 incl. Isaac Toucey, under Polk, address panel reused for a letter; Jeremiah Black (front), under Buchanan and later as Sec of State; William Wirt, under Monroe and Adams, longest serving AG (12 years); Nathan Clifford, under Polk, later on Supreme Court; Caleb Cushing, under Pierce with letter concerning tariffs, generally Fine.
Estimate $80-110.
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