Item - #EP-USC-1800
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BEAUTIFUL 1801 TRANS-ATLANTIC
"22" RATE SHIP LETTER
LONDON, ENGLAND VIA BOSTON TO NEWBURY PORT, MASSACHUSETTS
MOSES BROWN CORRESPONDENCE
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"Sh[ip] 22" Rate
Front: Early Boston Circle Postmark (BPM #201) + ms Sh(ip)
22. Likely a double rate letter 20¢ (2x10) for a letter traveling 40-90
miles or Boston to Newbury Port + the 2¢ ship fee for ocean carriage as
based on the new postal rates promulgated March 2, 1799. It is
interesting to note that from the north of Boston Harbor it is 39 miles
Northeast along the Old Boston Post Road (now essentially Route 1) to Newbury Port,
Massachusetts (at the mouth of the Merrimack River) and
we have also seen Boston to Newbury Port Ship Letters (in this same time
period) with charges of 8¢ for a distance of under 40 miles. We assume
that perhaps this vessel docked in the South Harbour which would put the
distance at just over 40 miles.
Reverse: Penciled Exhibit #. Docketing Note: Thomas
Dickason & Co. Letter 3 January 1801, London.
Notes: It is an interesting aspect of this letter that the
Dateline by the writer is January 3, 1800 but the docketing notation is
January 3, 1801. Since the letter did not reach Boston until March 19th,
it is less likely that the Docketer made an error in the "year date"
and more likely that the writer, from habit, merely wrote "1800"
although the year had changed over, yet this is somewhat counterbalanced
by the fact that the writer corrected the "day" part of the date and
might also be presumed to have caught an incorrect year date. Simply a conundrum upon which to cogitate. From the Moses Brown correspondence.
Very attractive example
of a Trans-Atlantic ship letter from London to Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Condition: Very Fine with usual file folds and some
Contents: Legible English: Standard end of year Account
Balancing and mention of Captain Pickett having arrived safely home.
Docketing Notation noting 1801 and not 1800
Sender was Thomas Dickason & Company
Reverse of Cover has penciled Exhibit #
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