Rhode Island Stampless
Covers & Letters
April 15, 1833 SFL Pawtucket to
East Greenwich, RI
only 2 known Pawtucket Steamboat cancels**
Letter requests information on Granting of Liquor Licenses
for Background Information, History & Full Text of Letter)
The Stampless Folded
Letter (SFL) above
was sent to Albert C. Greene
in East Greenwich,
RI on April 15, 1833
from John Gardner in Pawtucket, RI. The
Cover bears a faint Pawtucket
April 15 CDS.
There is a black script 6
at upper right indicating 6 cents due. This rate was set by the
Postal Act of April 9, 1816
(effective May 1, 1816)
which set the rate for mail traveling
less than 30 miles
at 6 cents.
There is also a
marking just to the left of the rate. This steamboat marking is
in the American Stampless
as being used only in 1833
and in both red
It measures 30x3 millimeters.
by the dealer and a previous owner to have
been applied in error.
Under a strong magnifying glass, a
faint line can be seen to
have been penned through the
marking. The previous owner
stated, that he did not
Pawtucket Post Office would
a letter to East Greenwich
via a "non-contract"
However, Pawtucket sits on the
at the head of Narragansett
Bay and it is
that the SFL could have traveled by
This SFL was extremely fragile and brittle
at the folds and was coming apart at several of them. I made use
of clear document repair tape to restore the item and have
placed it unfolded in a sheet album.
Gardner is requesting
information from Mr. Greene
as to whether he has a case
to petition for removal of a
liquor license belonging to
John W. Eagleston
of Valley Falls, RI.
It seems; according to Mr. Gardner, that Mr. Eagleston is
selling liquor by the glass
on the premises, while his
only off-site sales.
Mr. Gardner also states
that Mr. Eagleston maintains a
Albert Collins Greene
was born in East Greenwich,
April 15, 1791.
on January 8, 1863.
Albert was married to
Catherine Celia Greene who
through another Greene line from
Governor William Greene.
Albert is listed on the 1850
Providence Census as a
and residing in that city.
John W. Eagleston
was born in
He is listed on both the 1840
as residing in Smithfield, RI.
There were two many John Gardner's from the period to determine
which one wrote the letter.
The Complete Text of
the Letter Follows Below:
Pawtucket April 15 - 1833
Albert C. Greene
I wish you to inform me what the license law of this state
is in regard to the sale of ardent spirits. A few days ago
I attended the town council of Smithfield for the purpose
of opposing the granting of certain licenses, one of which
was at Valley Falls in Smithfield. The person's name is
John W. Eagleston. He applied and I opposed it on the
ground that he had always kept a disorderly shop and had
extended his sales beyond his license notwithstanding the
license was granted to him to sell in no less quantities
than a pint and that to be carried of his possessions
before it could be drank. Since he obtained the license he
has continued to sell contrary to it, and on the 12th
instant did sell by the glass and never the pint which can
be found to the satisfaction of an intelligent jury. I
wish you to inform me if a person having a license can
give away ardent spirits and allow it drank in his own
shop, also what course I must pursue to stop the sale of
more, contrary to license and if the above statements are
sufficient to ground a complaint upon.