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AMERICAN POSTAL HISTORY
UNITED STATES STAMPLESS
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1802 HANDSOME "PORTSMOUTH, N. H." TWO-LINE CANCEL ON DOUBLE WEIGHT 40 LETTER
 CROSSED OUT AND RE-RATED "FREE" TO PHILADELPHIA PURVEYOR

COVERED BY OUR 5 YEAR PHILATELIC GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY

 
PORTSMOUTH,N.H./SEPTr 22


RED "40" RATE CROSSED OUT RERATED FREE
W/ POST MASTER'S INITIALS


Front
: Clear Strike of "PORTSMOUTH,N.H./SEPTr 22" Two-line black cancel.  Originally rated in red manuscript as 40[], this was crossed out, likely initialed by postmaster "F.F." in script and then "Free" was written in as it was on official business.
Reverse: Several penciled lotting numbers. Docketing note states: "B. Leverett Ajt Mil Agent Portsmouth New Hampshire/requires no answer/has rec'd the amount of his [statement] for purchasing articles for that Post.
Notes: Nice Re-Rated Double Weight Letter traveling between 300-500 miles which has been initialed and crossed out and rated "Free" as it was on official business.
Condition: Very Fine with usual file folds and some spotting.
Contents: Legible English: Dateline Portsmouth, NH Sept 20, 1802. Mr. Benjamin Leverett acknowledges receipt of funds to cover his expenses in purchasing supplies and thanks Israel Wheten, Purveyor of Public Supplies in Philadelphia.


Reverse of Cover

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