Independent Mail & Local Carrier - Covers
American Letter Mail Company - Providence
To Messrs. Tileston & Hollingsworth - November 15, 1844
The cover above was mailed from Providence, RI
by B. R. Almy & Co. to Tileston
& Hollingsworth at 110 State Street, Boston, MA on November
15, 1844. It was carried by the American
Letter Mail Company as indicated by the small red
hand-stamp in the upper right corner, which reads,
"Collect - 61/4 cts - Boston Office."
The red stamp measures 10mm x 17mm
and was in use from 1844 to 1845.
The letter is a bill from B. R. Almy and Co to Tileston &
Hollingsworth for two orders of "Bleached
Strips," (21 bags
weighing 3320 lbs and 24 bags weighing 4737 lbs) for
a total cost of $644.56. I
assume these were textile products.
The "American Stampless Cover Catalog -
Volume II" states, "The
American Letter Mail Company was founded by Lysander Spooner in 1844 and
carried mail between Philadelphia, New York, Providence and Boston."
The company ceased operations in 1845.
Mail from Philadelphia to Providence or Boston would have traveled overland
to New York and thence by steam ship
to Stonington, CT, where it would have been placed aboard the New
York, Providence and Boston Railroad for the completion of
its journey. The cover above was placed aboard the train at Providence
and sent to Boston. The Catalog
values this independent mail
service marking at $150.00.
Benjamin R. Almy was born on
January 11, 1810 in Portsmouth,
RI. He was a fifth generation
descendant of Christopher Almy,
(born 1632 - South Kilworth, Lancaster County,
England - died January 30, 1713 - Portsmouth, RI.).
married Sophia Allen, (born
May 25, 1815 - died February 12, 1893) on January
18, 1845. The 1860 New Bedford
Census list him as a merchant
and living in that town. Benjamin Almy died
while traveling from Rhode
Island to New
Bedford on March 15, 1892.
(The Almy in the firm of Almy & Brown was
The Letter reads as follows:
Messrs Tileston & Hollingsworth
To B R Almy & Co
Sept 27 For 24 Bags 4737 # Bleached Strips @ 84 $378.96
Nov 15 " 21
Prov__ Novm__ 15th 1844
Messrs T & H
Above you have Bill
of strips 21 bags 3320 lbs we have delivered
at depot this day. The 24 bags 4737 lbs
we sent you a bill of at that time -- Please
send us your check for the above amt
$644.56 and oblige
Benj R. Almy & Co