The Hazard Family Letters 1832-1950
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 30, 1851) 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 from Boston, 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 Henry Robinson who was master of the sailing vessel Jane in 1855. This could possibly be that Captain. There is also an H. G. Robinson listed as Acting Masters Mate on the Federal Ship "Osceola" during the Civil War.

This Stampless Folded Letter, (SFL) was found in with other Hazard Family Material. 

The Complete Text of the Letter Follows Below:

Boston Feb 3 1851

H. G. Robinson Esq
                                As sometime has elapsed
      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
                          Very Respectfully
                                      Your Friend
  J. M. Burns

See Also:  

The Hazard Family History 
1843 Isaac P. Hazard Letter 
A Full Size Multi-Invoice Form 
Full Text of One Invoice 
History of Carolina Mills 
Intro to "Jonny-Cake Papers"
Bio of Thomas Hazard by
Roland Gibson Hazard II - 1915

Postcard - Hazard Memorial Hall 
Postcard - Hazard's Castle 
Explanation of Postal Rates

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