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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jun 8, 17
Edited on:Jun 8, 17
Postmark: Feb 16, 1796
Origin: Providence, Rhode Island, UNITED STATES
Destination: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

"Providence" 31 x 4mm straightline postmark and "Free" 15 x 4mm handstamp on folded letter datelined "Providence Feb. 16 1796" to "Benjamin Bouvin, Representative in Congress, Philadelphia". Docketing: "John Whipple 16 Feb'y 1796."

The Fourth United States Congress met at Congress Hall in Philadelphia, from March 4, 1795 to March 4, 1797, during the last two years of George Washington's Presidency.

The recipient, Benjamin Bourne (1755 – 1808), veteran of the the American Revolutionary War, represented Rhode Island in the U.S. House of Representatives and served as a judge in both the federal district and federal appellate courts. A dedicated Federalist, Bourne was a key figure in obtaining Rhode Island's ratification of the U.S. Constitution. He was the first Rhode Island Representative in Congress, elected to four successive terms before he resigned in 1796 to succeed Henry Marchant on the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island. At this time he returned to live in Bristol, and remained there after leaving the bench in 1801. 

The Benjamin Bourne Papers are held by the Rhode Island Historical Society, Manuscripts Division.

Owner's ID: 1516
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes