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Folded letter from by an important New York jurist-who had tried and sentenced many men during the infamous… by Written by Nelson Knox Wheeler - 1849 - from Read 'Em Again Books & Paper (SKU: 008980)

Folded letter from by an important New York jurist-who had tried and sentenced many men during the infamous Anti-Rent War-shortly after he relocated to a small rural town not far from Binghamton; franked with a very nice example of first U. S. Postage Stamp (Scott #1)

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Folded letter from by an important New York jurist-who had tried and sentenced many men during the infamous Anti-Rent War-shortly after he relocated to a small rural town not far from Binghamton; franked with a very nice example of first U. S. Postage Stamp (Scott #1)

by Written by Nelson Knox Wheeler

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Deposit, New York, 1849. Unbound. Near fine. This two-page letter measures 15.5" x 10" unfolded. It was sent by Judge Nelson Knox Wheeler from Deposit, New York to an associate, H. Ballard, at Cortlandville. It is franked with a well-margined (one just a little narrow), red-brown 5-cent Franklin postage stamp (Scott #1) . The stamp has been pen cancelled and a circular Deposit, N.Y. postmark is in the upper left corner. A Philatelic Foundation certificate verifying that this is a genuine usage of Scott #1 on cover will be included along with a transcript of the letter.

Judge Wheeler returned to his birthplace, Deposit, shortly after the end of New York's infamous Anti-Rent War during which he served as a judge and presided over a number of trials of long-term sharecroppers who, having become dissatisfied with their legal but draconian leases, attacked and killed landowners while disguised as hooded 'Calico Indians.'

Although Wheeler does not mention the Anti-Rent times in his letter, he does note that he had only recently arrived in town and not been able to find an office available to rent so he could relocate his law library. Perhaps his relocation was due in part to local animosity that resulted from the trials.

On its own, Wheeler's letter is interesting, and his involvement in the Anti-Rent War is fascinating, however the desirability of this correspondence is greatly increased by the genuine use of the first U. S. postage stamp, the red-brown Franklin 5-cent stamp (Scott #1), to prepay postage from a very small New York town. This is, perhaps, the only extant example of use of Scott #1 from Deposit; a real trophy for a New York collector.

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
008980
Title
Folded letter from by an important New York jurist-who had tried and sentenced many men during the infamous Anti-Rent War-shortly after he relocated to a small rural town not far from Binghamton; franked with a very nice example of first U. S. Postage Stamp (Scott #1)
Author
Written by Nelson Knox Wheeler
Format/binding
Unbound
Book condition
second hand - Near fine
Quantity available
1
Place of Publication
Deposit, New York
Date Published
1849
Bookseller catalogs
History; Philately;

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We always have an inventory of unique Americana on hand, that is, we keep a selection of personal narratives such as diaries, work journals, correspondence collections, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and similar items that shed light on some aspect of North American life, history, culture, or society.We also have a nice selection of unusual ephemera and postal history items in stock as well. Member: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Ephemera Society, Manuscript Society, American Stamp Dealers Association, American Philatelic Society, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Military Postal History Society

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