William Dundas to Thomas Wooley, Edinburgh, 1839.
The letter is in two parts, the first part is perfectly legible and intelligible, and written on the back of a printed headed Bill from Charles Smith Bookseller and Stationer. It was written by W. Dundas from Stirling, dated 24th November 1839 and addressed to Mr Thomas Wooley, 25, St. Andrews Square, Edinburgh. |
It has four postal markings.
It is a very small letter because it has been torn off the headed paper, but it is complete, and has been sealed with a blob of black sealing wax.
(Note: I was surprised to see a mention of Mango pickle at this time, perhaps they had become available because of the links with India in the Victorian age.)
So on turning over the page it shows the Bill which is headed Bought of Charles Smith,Bookseller and Stationer of 87 Princes Street, Edinburgh Next door to the New Club, and addressed to Willliam Dundas of Ochterlyne.
This is a really good example of a headed bill of this time. It is beautifully engraved and at the left it has the words Every New PUBLICATION of Merit, and on the right hand side it has Cash Books LETTER BOOKS Ledgers ∧c.
The interesting thing is that if William Dundas had read this account properly, he would have seen that the bottom line reads.
1839 Nov 25th Received Payment £1. . . signed Charles Smith..
So he could have saved himself the trouble of writing and the seven pence it cost to post it.
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