Item - #EP-USC-1800-3
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25¢ RATE OVERLAND LETTER FOR DISTANCES OVER 500 MILES
BOSTON TO NORFOLK,
VIRGINIA WITH LATE FRANKLIN (BISHOP) MARK
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
much scarcer than the British Bishop Mark.
COVERED BY OUR 5 YEAR PHILATELIC GUARANTEE
Boston Straightline Cancel
Front: Black s/l BOSTON + Late Franklin Mark "31/M[A]R[CH]" + ms
"25". 25¢ was the rate for a letter traveling over 500 miles.
Reverse: Partial red wax seal. Very Early 1800
Fredericksburg, Va. Black CDS transit backstamp dated "MAY 1". First
year of use.
Notes: A nice example of the top end of the mail rate for
inland post. 25¢ for mail over 500 miles for a single sheet of ¼ oz.
Condition: Very Fine with usual file folds.
Contents: Letter from Thomas Amory: Dateline: Boston 30
March 1800: To Mr. Arthur Jones a Merchant in Norfolk, Virginia,
advising him that he does not need any more staves as the market is slow
and he still has a surplus.
Reverse of Cover
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