Skip to main content


    Benjamin Franklin Franking Signature on a Cover Addressed in His Hand. Folded down to 4" x 3.25". Signed "Free / B Franklin" near the lower left corner. The panel is addressed in Franklin's hand, "To / Mrs. Kath. Green / Rhodeisland." Red wax seal on the verso.

    It is likely that the recipient of this letter, Katherine Green, was Rhode Island native, Catharine Ray Greene, the wife of Rhode Island governor, William Greene. Benjamin Franklin and Catharine Greene were close friends who corresponded for over thirty years, from 1755 until 1789.

    This free frank was from the Dr. John L. Robertson Collection of United States Free Franks that was sold during Siegel Auction Galleries' November 2004 sale.

    Condition: Toned with spots of foxing. Area of minor paper loss at the lower left corner has been archivally repaired. Restoration to the upper right corner and small tears at the upper edge. Light soiling along the right edge.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2017
    11th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 540

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 October 25 Manuscripts - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $325,776