“ Mr. G Poulls, Chichester
from Parker, Taylor, Rocke & Parker, London 1848, re Miss Fisher”
This letter addressed to Mr G Poulls Chichester dated 7 July 1848, has 2 imperforate penny red stamps with alphabet letters at bottom E E and E F. I wonder why there were two as it was the penny post by then?
The two postal markings on the front are first the Red Lion St London Receiving Office stap applied in blue ink, and then the London District Inland Office obliterator of 12 lines forming the oval with a number 7 in the centre.
This type with numbers from 1 to 22 was introduced on 2nd March 1847.
On the reverse is a London evening duty stamp JY 7 1848 with two initials at the top, possibly WB or MB, of the type in use from 1845-1857, for the despatch from London and the arrival date stamp of Chichester JY 8 1848 with a letter A under the date.
The letter is written on very good quality paper with a watermark of a crown and post horn with the script letters of C A.
So now to the letter written by a firm of Solicitors.
These two hospitals were for the treatment of the insane, and they were not places where one would wish to be placed. A person had to be ‘committed ’ by qualified people, and this letter is evidence of those attempts to have Miss Fisher committed.
Notes: References checked on Wikipedia and information and photographs about Bethlem hospital and St Luke’s hospital are freely available there.
Source for postmark: H.C. Westley The Postal Cancellations of London 1840-1890.
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