Rhode Island Stampless
Covers & Letters
Stampless Folded Letter - January 1, 1835
- New York to Providence
Stampless Folded (SFL)
above was sent prepaid
from New York to Providence at what looks
like the 18 1/2
cent rate that was established by Act of Congress
on April 9, 1816,
(effective May 1, 1816)
for mail traveling between 150 and 400 miles.
However, the Postal Act of March 3, 1825,
(effective May 1, 1825)
increased the zone rate for 150 to 400 miles to
18 3/4 cents. In
a discussion of the script cancellation with a knowledgeable
dealer, who was involved in producing the "American
Stampless Cover Catalog;" the consensus opinion was that
the clerk who applied the rate script surely knew what the
correct rate was by 1835 and was just lazy in his application of
the mark. I have a several examples of the same script rate
marking all from the New York PO;
(Most likely by the same clerk).
1835 Reverend John Clark Letter.
The type of New York Town Cancel
and the Paid Marking in red on this cover were in
use from 1835 to 1846.
letter was sent by Jesup Swift & Company from
New York, NY on January 1, 1835 to
Wilbur Kelly Esq. in Providence, RI.
The company was expanding and were newly established in
Providence. They are soliciting new business and the letter
includes a list of business references at the bottom left. A
full size readable version of the letter is available for
viewing by selecting the link below.