Desirable free franked address panel, 5.25 x 3.5, dated and addressed in another hand, "Quincy MA, May 25th, Free, Mathew Carey Esq're, Philadelphia," and boldly franked on the left side by the elderly Adams, "J. Adams." Handsomely double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 10.75 x 15. In fine condition, with a bit of light staining. Carey was an Irish-born American publisher and economist who lived and worked in Philadelphia, and is best remembered for his important magazine The American Museum, which counted the likes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson among its subscribers. Carey was a strong supporter of a strong American Navy, and he corresponded frequently with John Adams and other statesmen on the topic. A prominently signed free frank boasting an excellent association.
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