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1819 Plymouth to Middleboro, Mass
Overseers of the Poor Letter
Brown Plymouth CDS with Manuscript Date + Manuscript "Charged 6"
National Welfare & Bureaucracy circa 1819



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

 
Charged 6
Meaning the postage was charged to the Overseers of the Poor Account


Plymouth February 19th 1819


Plymouth cancel with Manuscript Date February 20


American Stampless Cover
Catalogue (ASCC) Exemplar


Red 6 Paid
Rate for under 30 miles
Plymouth to Middleborough
 is about 15 miles

Front: 1819 Plymouth, Massachusetts to Middleboro, Massachusetts paying 6 rate for a letter travelling not over 30 miles pursuant to the rates of 1816. Plymouth Brown cancel with Manuscript Day February 20
Reverse: Nothing to note
Notes: A nice example of the Manuscript day written into a more unusual brown town handstamp cancel. Compelling letter
Condition: Very Fine with usual seal tear.
Contents:
It is somehow refreshing to see that bureaucracy and welfare have little changed. Here is an 1819 letter (which defaults to "committed to the gaol in this town for debts" and proceeds to claim reimbursement from another town after waiting 90 days. 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.
 


docket entry


Letter Contents
toned for readability


Reverse of Cover

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