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The only Chester A. Arthur Franked Envelope in Existence
[Washington, D.C.], 1881. 5" x 3.25". "Envelope Franked ""C. A. A."" as President in the upper left, 5"" x 3.25"". Addressed by Arthur to ""The Honorable / Edwards Pierrepont / &c &c."" Slight tear at back flap when opened. No postal markings indicating it was most probably hand delivered. Pierrepont has docketed the envelope along the left edge, as was his custom, ""Prest. Arthur / 1881"" in blue crayon pencil -""Prest Arthur"" is barely visible. Stained in blank lower left corner. Fine condition.In 1884, the New York Republican delegation, of which his friend and fellow New Yorker, Grant's former Attorney General Edwards Pierrepont, was a member, had met at Cooper Union and recommended Arthur be renominated for President. At the Republican National Convention held in Chicago, June 3-6, 1884, on the first ballot, President Arthur was second to his former Secretary of State James G. Blaine, 334 1/2 to 278 votes, with 411 needed to be nominated. Blaine was nominated on the fourth ballot, defeating Arthur 541-207.In 1873, ""An act to abolish the franking privilege"" was passed by Congress and signed by President U.S . Grant, the last sitting U.S. President to have the franking privilege. Because Chester A. Arthur was never a Member of Congress, and was Vice President from March-September 1881, he never had the franking privilege. The only reason President Chester A. Arthur signed ""C.A.A."" in the upper right of this envelope in the franking position, must have been as a frank. This is the only franked envelope of Chester A. Arthur extant. No other example as President or in any capacity has ever been offered at auction or exists in the renowned collections of Louis Grunin, Creighton C. Hart, Morton Dean Joyce or Edward Stern. David G. Phillips' American Stampless Cover Catalog, Volume 2 (1987), p. 215, in a listing headed ""Presidents of the United States / Franks from Other Capacities,"" notes ""None."" "
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