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1813 New Bedford to Middleborough, Mass
Overseers of the Poor Letter
Scarce Red New Bedford Cancel + Manuscript Postage due 8
National Health Insurance Plan & Bureaucracy circa 1820
Latest Known Use? Only known from 1810 with periods.
Gorgeous bright strike with broken rim.



Addressed to Gentlemen, Selectmen or Overseers of the Poor
Middleborough, Massachusetts

 
Docketing Note stating Letter from New Bedford 1813 - Widow Thurd & Catherine Booth


NEW.BEFORD,Ms/APR/19 Red cancel 1813 latest known use?, ASCC has this particular cancel only in 1810


American Stampless Cover
Catalogue (ASCC) Exemplar


Manuscript 8 due for letter traveling not over 40 miles. New Bedford to Middleborough is about 21 miles

Front: 1813 New Bedford, Massachusetts to Middleborough, Massachusetts paying 8 rate for letter travelling not over 40 miles pursuant to the rates of 1799, still in effect. New Bedford "period" cancel only recorded in the ASCC for 1810. cancel with Manuscript Date February 15
Reverse: Contemporaneous docketing note
Notes: Scarce town handstamp cancel, latest known use, two compelling letters
Condition: Fine cover with some fold separations. Extra Fine-Superb copy of the New Bedford Cancel.
Contents: I
t is somehow refreshing to see that bureaucracy and welfare have little changed. Here is an 1813 letter which proceeds to claim reimbursement from another town for the expenses of a widow and her family and another. Middleborough replie thatt they have no idea who these people are, certainly not inhabitants of Middleborough and EVEN IF Mrs Thurd WAS the daughter of Thomas Pratt, she still was not an inhabitant. Little did we realize we had National Health and Welfare way back when. Complete with unilaterally billing for expenses without consent. At least it was handled locally. I wonder where Mrs Thurd was registered to vote - oh, wait a minute - she didn't have the right to vote so no residency. This includes the original letter to Middleboro and a letter book copy of Middleborough's response to New Bedford. From the way they treated Widow Thurd, I don't expect her friend Catherine Booth did any better - maybe one day she had a grandson named John Wilks and he was still mad at the government.
 




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Reverse of Cover

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