Lot 1004 Canada 1867 Letter and Cover Signed by Prime Minister John A. Macdonald, the letter (and its original cover) was mailed to Henry J. Morgan at the Secretary of State’s Office in Ottawa on NOV.26.1867. The cover has a lovely House of Commons crown shield handstamp in red plus a red “FREE” between horizontal lines and an Ottawa C.W. datestamp, and is endorsed for free postage by John A. Macdonald (his initials). The letter inside reads “Dear Sir, I think you had better be in no hurry about transferring your services from the Secretary of State’s office to the other. Yours faithfully, John A. Macdonald.” The rather intimidating tone of this letter reveals unambiguously that Macdonald had a very high opinion of Morgan’s talents and that he did not want to lose his services. Accompanied by three original relevant documents, one about the Secretary of State’s Office (1873) (two pages), and two written by Morgan in 1875 and 1893, the latter being a form filled by himself describing his government career appointments, salaries, etc. An interesting lot, great for postal historians and historians alike. Estimate $1,000, sold for C$5,200.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 48 1886 1c third class pamphlet rate, franked with 1c yellow, tied by a segmented cork cancel, paying the third class, less than 4oz pamphlet rate. Mailed from Ottawa, Ont. (undated) to Durham. This is a 23 page pamphlet with a copy of a speech given by Sir John A. MacDonald (then Prime Minister of Canada) to the “Workingman’s Liberal Conservative Association of Ottawa and Le Cercle Lafontaine” on the 8th of October, 1886. Stitch bound, with a bit of edge wear, still a rare publication and franking. (Unitrade 35)
A truly remarkable solo use of the 1c Small Queen on a rare and historically-significant document. This may well be the most exceptional domestic use of a single 1c Small Queen.
Estimate $750, sold for $2,200 plus buyer’s premium.