This November 27, 1858
Embossed Envelope sent from Providence, RI to
Professor George Washington Greene in New York City was doubly
interesting to me because of the historical context,
(Professor Greene was the grandson of
General Nathanael Greene and taught Modern Language at Brown
University) and the type
of embossed stamp, which was produced in multiple
varieties, (U1 through U10)
and is a fascinating study in and of itself.
Three Cent Washington Embossed Stationary was the first
Postal Stationary produced in the United States. The cover
above is on buff diagonally laid paper. The stamp is
Scott #U2, which can be determined by the "THREE"
Label at top. It has straight edges and is 15.5
millimeters in width. Shown below are
four of the Twelve types of 1853-1855
Three Cent Washington Stamps. Each 3 cent stamped
envelope was produced in both white and
buff versions and in addition, early U1 types
were also printed on Horizontally laid paper.
(Not shown is U4, which had
straight edges and was 20mm wide.)
1854 Postal Stationary -
Scott #U1 - Newport CDS
Scott #U1 - 13 mm
Scott #U2 - 15.5 mm
Scott #U5 - 14.5 mm
George Washington Green
was born in East Greenwich, Rhode Island on April
8, 1811. He was the grandson of General
Nathanael Greene of Revolutionary War fame. He entered
Brown University in 1824, but left in his junior
year due to ill health. He resided in Europe from
1825 to 1833 and 1835 to 1847.
(He returned to the East Greenwich in 1833
and taught at Kent Academy until 1834.)
He was appointed United States Consul to Rome
in 1837. He returned to the United States in
1848 and was appointed as a professor of Modern
Languages at Brown University.
moved to New York in 1852 and began
writing historical articles for various periodicals. He edited
"Addison's Works" in 1853. In 1865
he returned to East Greenwich and in 1866
was elected to the State Legislature. While serving in
the legislature, he spoke eloquently concerning the
ratification of the 14th and 15th amendments to the
constitution. He accepted a position at Cornell University
as a professor of history in 1872.
Professor Green was the
author of many works and books including;
"Historical Studies" (1850),
"History and Geography of the Middle Ages"
(1860), "Historical View of the
American Revolution" (1865),
"Nathanael Greene: An Examination of the Ninth Volume of
Bancroft's History" (1866),
"General Nathanael Greene"
(3 volumes 1867-71), "The
German Element in the War of American Independence"
History of Rhode Island" (1877),
and two text books on botany and one French
George Washington Green
died in East Greenwich, Rhode Island on February 2, 1883.