“A man concerned for his brother's welfare
This letter, posted in Nottingham addressed to Mr H.L. Pinkerton, Mr Lakin, Hall End Tamworth Staffordshire, has only the two postal markings. First, the boxed Nottingham mileage mark showing that it was 124 miles from London, and the charge mark of 7d, which was the cost of sending a single sheet letter a distance of between 30 and 50 miles. At first glance this does not seem likely as the mileage mark for Tamworth is 117 miles from London, so the difference between the two is only seven miles, but in this case the mail route would have been directly between the two towns, and they are about 30 miles apart, so the London link would not have been involved.
The content of the letter is interesting as it shows that there was private care even 200 years ago for someone suffering from a mental illness.
The only information I can find about the writer, Charles Pennington is that he was a medical doctor and was a member of the Book club in Nottingham at the time this letter was written.
9th August, 1817
This image shows how roughly the letter was opened, perhaps because Mr Pinkerton was so anxious to hear about his brother's condition. The doctor’s opinion appears to be very hopeful of the outcome.
There is a separate section on our website about the mileage marks – why they were introduced, and the various types in use. There is also a letter addressed to Mrs Pinkerton – the first letter on page two of this link
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‘Great Britain Post Roads Post Towns and Postal Rates 1635-1839’
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