“ Letters from the Past ”
John Field to T.R. Robinson
Essex Street the Strand, London, 1839
This letter addressed T.R Robinson Esqr 26 Essex Street Strand, the postmarks show that it was a Twopenny post letter, being lodged and received within the designated area, and dealt with by the Chief Office. There is a hand stamped 2 and the indented date stamp for 8 NT Ju 12 1839 is of the new type which began in 1838, with a capital second letter and no stops. The Chief Office stamps always had the month before the day.
The next image is an enlarged and ‘manipulated’ to try to enhance the unframed stamp of the twopenny post applied in black which was in use from 1836-1842. The wording is T P Chief Office, in two lines, which is faint but legible with a magnifying glass.
The paper is unwatermarked and the contents are written on only one side of the other side of the paper. It is easily legible.
There is a filing note on the outside
So now to the contents of the letter.
11 Throgmorton Street June 12/39He seems quite confident that the reply would reach him by noon the next day, not surprising as there were five daily collections and deliveries in the Twopenny Post. The sum of money mentioned £20,000 seems immense for that time, but the Bank of England was in Throgmorton Street and was then the centre of the banking industry, also there were vast fortunes being made by people in the industrial and agricultural sectors. The Wikipedia entry is interesting:
It is named after Nicholas Throckmorton, chief banker of England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the head of an ancient Warwickshire family.
( Reference The Local Posts of London 1680-1840 by George Brumell
Wikipedia for Throgmorton St)
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