Morning Duty after 1796.
| After 1796 the stamps could always be identified as the year in the morning duty stamps was always in a straight line and the evening duty were in a curved line. Also, the morning duty stamps were struck in red ink.
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| This letter sent from Wokingham in Berkshire to Wentworth Brinley of 10 New Square, Lincolns Inn bears the new type of postmark. This is a single circle with the month before the day in the centre, the year at the bottom, and the code letters from A to G above the date. The figure 5 is the cost of sending the letter from Berkshire to London, which would have to have been paid by Mr Brinley, who would in turn have added it to his account to his client.|
On the other side I send you copy of a letter received this morning from Mr Barrett with regard to Lot 7. I have to observe that his valuation exceeds that of Mr Bird's surveyor only nine pounds. In order therefore to prevent further trouble and expense I propose that you abate one half of that sum and Mr Bird will advance the other.
As to Lot 3 the difference in proportion to the sum is considerably more but that I think may be accounted for from the quality of the Timber — being nearly the whole of it at its full growth and as such not now of so much value on account of the fall in the Markets as it was when valued by Mr Barrett. The difference between the two Surveyors is eleven pounds and if the Sellers will abate any thing near that sum Rose will immediately conclude the business
I am Dr. Sir
Your mo obed Servt
I will take copys of the Wills you mention.
Wokingham 22d Decr 1801.
The letter copied on the other side, is in beautiful script (obviously written by his clerk!)
Adderbury 12th mo 20th 1801
I have lost no time after my arrival in sending ansr to thine of the 15th Inst respecting Lot 7 occupied by Thos. Lane which with some other few lots am qualified to give ansr too, as not being furnished with a proper acct of many thereof in the Sale. I think the amt of the valuation of the Lot alluded to is £265.6.- have also recd thine dated 17th inst wherein it implies the value of Lot 3 is known but not agreed to I suppose that to be a field on the hill near the Shoulder of Mutton called Six Acres on the Hill, if so I think the valuation of that is £121.2.9 — I believe timber is sunk in price but hardly can that in bulk, and hope and believe it may yet be found worth the money. Am fearful to take upon me to abate but should James Collett as Umpire thus determine it will be agreed, or however he determines it must be agreed, no doubt Mr Brinley is fully impowered to settle when it is disposed to make an abatement future expences thereon might cease
I am very submissively
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This is a later example but still the same type, the date being MY 23 1806 the day after the letter was written, which would be correct, as it would have been an overnight service to London. It is also addressed to Mr Brinley at the same address, but this letter is from Sir C. Cottrell Dormer who was living at Rowsham, Bucks, and the cost from there to Lincolns Inn was 7d.
Note that the date stamp was applied across the seal of the letter.
The letter reads :-
Rowsham May 22d
My Dear Brinley,
I have this day seen Biedermann who says that your Clerk told him my business was ready for execution, and that I was expected in Town this week to finish it. I have already said that after so many disappointments I shall not come up till I have a summons from you, but I own I have long been very impatient for the said summons. I hope to hear by return of post how matters stand, and
am yrs sincerely
C. Cottrell Dormer
Copyright 2002 E. J. Shanahan
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Morning Duty P.4
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