The Hazard Family
1851 Cover to H. G.
Robinson - Providence, Rhode Island
(Scroll Down for Background Information and Text of Letter)
The Postal Act of
March 3, 1845, (effective
July 1, 1845) set the
postal rates at 5 cents for under 300 miles
and 10 cents for over 300 miles.
During this time period the rates were the same for letters paid
in advance or sent collect. The Postal Act of March 3,
1851, (effective June
changed the rates to 3 cents
for mail traveling under 3000 miles if
prepaid and 5 cents if not prepaid.
Mail traveling over 3000 miles was 6 cents
prepaid and 10 cents if not prepaid. The
new law stated that all mail from this time forward shall be
prepaid by stamps or charged double rate. This letter
was sent unpaid and charged at the 5 cent
single rate, which remained in effect until
June 29, 1851.
This letter was written on
February 3, 1851 and
posted on February 4th
Massachusetts from, (name
appears to be J. M. Burns)
to H. G. Robinson
- Providence, RI,
who is connected with a Mr.
Hazard as stated in the
letter. I have a record of a
who was master
of the sailing vessel Jane
This could possibly be that Captain. There is also an
H. G. Robinson
Acting Masters Mate
on the Federal Ship "Osceola"
during the Civil War.
This Stampless Folded Letter,
was found in with other Hazard Family Material.
|The Complete Text of
the Letter Follows Below:
Boston Feb 3 1851
H. G. Robinson Esq
since Mr. Hazard was here and learning
nothing in relation to your affairs, we
propose to see you at Providence on
Thursday of this week, if convenient to
J. M. Burns