Black circular postmark:
WASHINGTON. D.C. FREE JAN 12
Free J Morton
U S S
Robert C. Hamer
near Reedy Creek
Also See: End Notes
Pre-printed sheet with a few changes by hand.
Decbr 8.th 1852
WASHINGTON CITY, D.C.
September 1st 1852
DEAR SIR: I take the liberty of addressing you a few lines to know if
you can purchase Land Warrants in your county? If so, I will take all you
can send me, and pay the following prices:
$145 for 160 acre warrants,
$69. $72 for 80 acre warrants,
$39 for 40 acre warrants. $34.
On receipt of any warrants sent by mail I will promptly remit the
amount in a draft on Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, or any city in your
State you may designate.
I have no doubt you can purchase them at so much less than the above
prices, that the profit will fully reward you for your trouble.
The assignment must be made on the back of the warrant, without
inserting any name; but leave a sufficient space to have any name inserted
hereafter, this being the object of the law making then assignable. They
must be signed before a magistrate, and have two witnesses; and then the
clerk of your court must certify, with the seal of your court, that the
said magistrate was duly qualified according to law at the time of the
signing. and that his signature is genuine.
If, on the receipt of the warrants from you, there should have been any
material advance over the present market prices, I will make a
corresponding advance on the prices I now offer.
Knowing the universal want of confidence we all have in our fellow
beings, and more especially dealing with entire strangers, it is proper I
should fully satisfy you that all warrants remitted will be honorably and
punctually paid for. I therefore give you the names of some few of my
friends to whom I can refer you.
Hon. Judge JOHN B. CLOPTON, Richmond Va.
Besides lawyers, doctors, and merchants of Wheeling, Va., Washington city,
Richmond, Va., Pittsburgh, Pa., Baltimore, and other cities.
Hon. JACKSON MORTON, Senate United States.
Hon. WM S.ARCHER, Ex-Senator U. S.
Hon. JOHN M. BUTTS, Ex-Member of Congress, Va.
Hon. J. M. H. BEALE, Member of Congress, Va.
Hon. JEREMIAH MORTON, Ex-Member of Congress from Virginia
Hon. THOS. M. HOWE, Member of Congress, Pa., and President Ex-Bank,
Hon. Judge ALEXANDER HARPER, Member of Congress, Ohio.
Ex-Governor JOHN N. GREGORY Richmond Va.
JOHN W. MAURY, Esq., Mayor of Washington city, and also Bank of
JOHN S. GALLAHER, Esq., Third Auditor Treasury U. S.
R. H. GALLAHER, Esq., President, Bank of the Union, of this
CHUBB BROTHERS, Bankers, Washington city.
THOS. SWEENY, Esq., President, Farmers and Manufactures Bank of
S. BRADY, Esq., Cashier, Farmers and Manufactures Bank of
DANIEL LAMB, Esq., Cashier, Northwestern Bank of Wheeling, Va.
R. SMITH, Esq., Cashier, Farmers Bank of Richmond, Va.
JAMES ROBB, Esq., Banker, New Orleans.
R. SMITH, Esq., Cashier, Northwestern Bank of Virginia,
GEORGE JAMES, Esq., Attorney at Law, and one of the State Directors of
the Central Ohio Railroad, Zanesville.
If this however is not sufficient evidence of my punctuality and
responsibility, you can remit any number of warrants to either the
Cashier of the Bank of Washington, to the Bank of Metropolis, or to the
Patriotic Bank of Washington, (all of this city) with instructions that the
cash must be paid on delivery, and I will pay the premium on all drafts
they may remit you in exchange.
The highest price in cash always paid for land warrants.
If you should decline in engaging in this business, will you
accommodate me so far to hand this over to one of your friends among the
lawyers or merchants of your county.
Your attention will much oblige.
JOHN M. CLARKE
1. The Free Frank. 8 November 1775, The American Continental Congress
authorized franking privileges to its members as a means of informing
their constituents. The first U.S. Congress enacted a franking law in
1789. The rules governing franking have varied through the years but
never had serious restrictions on just what could and could not be sent
freely through the mails by Congressmen. In 1973, regulations became
This solicitation was carried through the mails without postage using
the franking privilege. It was franked by Jackson Morton, (Whig Party) U.S,
Senator from Florida (1849-1855). Morton was born 10 August 1794 near
Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. During the Civil War, he was deputy
to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States in Montgomery, Alabama (1861);
member of the Confederate Congress 1862-1865; died at his country home,
Mortonia, near Milton, Santa Rosa County, Florida, 20 November 1874.
2. Robert C. Hamer, 12 Oct 1801 - 25 Jan 1878, buried at Saint
Pauls Methodist Church Cemetery, Little Rock, Dillon County, S.C.