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AMERICAN POSTAL HISTORY
UNITED STATES STAMPLESS
COVERS

1800 NICE 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 about 1800, much scarcer than the British Bishop Mark.

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31 March
Boston Franklin Mark


25 Rate


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 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.



Indistinct Backstamp


Reverse of Cover

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