Item - #EP-USC-1798-3
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BOSTON TO WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS MOURNING LETTER
WITH "BOSTON" S/L +
FRANKLIN (BISHOP) MARK + 8¢ RATE
"PAYING THE DEBT OF NATURE" BEREAVEMENT LETTER
COVERED BY OUR 5 YEAR PHILATELIC GUARANTEE
This covers shows the American "Franklin Mark" cancel. Patterned after
the British "Bishop Mark" (introduced in England by British PM Henry
Bishop in the 1660's) it was used to date stamp a letter to show when it
was received by the local post office. The intention was that the
"received by" date would document the time for local delivery and thus
prompt the postman to be diligent in his rounds. The American version is
in black with "day over month" in a circle with no dividing line. The
British mark has a dividing line and can have the day or month on the
top depending upon whether or not it was inland or foreign post. There
are also Scottish (oval in red) and Irish "Bishop Marks", as well as
Canadian. The American version was named after Benjamin Franklin the
first US Postmaster and is found on US delivered letters from the latter
part of the 18th century, disappearing from about 1800,
much scarcer than the British Bishop Mark.
"BOSTON" S/L Cancel
"27/JU[NE]" Franklin Mark
Front: Boston s/l + Franklin Mark 27 IV + ms "8" - 8¢ for a
letter traveling up to 60 miles
Reverse: Penciled owner's note regarding cover
Notes: The Franklin Mark has the month "IV" which stands
for "JU" or June as opposed to "4" in Roman numeral meaning April.
Similar but different Franklin marks of this period showed "IA" which
was "JA" or January and "IY" which is "JY" or July. Apparently they were
not big on using the letter "J" as in current English usage. Enclosed is
a very touching mourning letter about paying the "debt of nature".
Condition: Fine cover with some separations along folds.
Contents: Legible English: Benjamin Russell writes to
Lemuel Rice - Dateline: Boston June 26, 1798. "Dear Sir, Mrs. Russell,
your daughter, paid the debt of nature this evening at nine o'clock. Her
funeral is fixed for Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Rice is well as well as
be, under her heavy loss. The rest of the family are well and desire to
be remembered to you and all the rest of your family."
Reverse of Cover
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