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SACKETS HARBOR — On Thursday, the 200th anniversary of the first battle of Sackets Harbor, the post office in this village will cancel 125 collectable, limited-edition commemorative envelopes which feature a rendering of the brig Oneida and Lt. Melancthon Woolsey's portrait.

Watertown artist Abraham Tuthill painted Lt. Woolsey's portrait several years after war's end. The New York Historical Society granted use of that Woolsey image for the custom-made, first-class U.S. postage stamp created solely for these collectable envelopes.

Adding to the heritage appeal, both the envelopes and informative inserts were individually hand-printed by Christine Eggleston and her daughter, Lauren, in the Town of Hounsfield. Created at their Bedford Creek Press on an antique Chandler & Price platen press, the issue features 100 percent cotton papers and inks in vintage colors, with all papers and plates made in the U.S.A.

The Sackets Harbor-canceled envelopes will be sold for $8 each starting Thursday at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, 504 West Main St. The site's gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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