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Early Cincinnati Letter Ft. Waashington 1793
Stampless Cover Addressed To “Joseph Howell Esqr., accountant of the department of war, Philadelphia” (punctuation added) and Manuscript “20” postage rate. Docket reads: “Fort Washington 25 Novemr. 1793 from Caleb Swan.” This cover must have contained at least one other sheet at one time. This sheet contains the end of Swan’s letter and reads, “Address all the money you may send out, to care of Capt Jno Pierce commanding Fort Washington – he has also the contraul of the relays of expresses from here to head quarters 80 miles advanced.” One of the earliest postal covers from what would become Cincinnati, Ohio, and therefore a very desirable piece of postal history. This letter was probably carried by military courier until he reached a post office, perhaps Pittsburgh. At this time General Anthony Wayne was in Ohio with his army preparing for an advance on the Indians which would culminate with the Battle of Fallen Timbers the following year. Condition: Folds reinforced, tape stains.
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