To W. H. Haynes Esquire, Warwick ,
from William O’Hara, Dublin, 1836.
There are only two postal markings, the diamond date stamp in red ink applied in Dublin, and the manuscript charge mark of 1/2 (that is one shilling and two pence). This would have been made up by the inland postage from Dublin to the port 3d, then the ferry charge to England 2d, plus the inland charge to Warwick 9d, making a total of 14pence = 1 shilling and 2d. The Dublin date stamp has a number 4 at the top, then the day and month in the centre, 29AP29 and then the year 1836 at the bottom. I could find no illustration like this in our reference books, only the comment that there were different types in use over the years, and with either single or double frames.
There is no watermark on the paper and no fancy seal only blob of red wax with what looks like the thimble dots.
This is a letter between two lawyers, and is quite a challenge to decipher the handwriting. There are many abbreviations, which would be obvious like Deft for Defendant, wd for would, etc., but some are more difficult to work out, and where there is a doubt, I have put the suggestion or guess in brackets after the word in question.
The first problem is the names involved, the first name begins with St, and ends with ton, so it could be STINTON, whereas the second name is easily read. The name and address of the sender is written at the end of the letter, rather than the beginning, so the letter goes straight to the business in hand
Stinton (?) v Edgworth
So, this seems as if another distressed gentleman (either Mr Stinton or Mr Edgworth) had taken advantage of the invitation from the United States to welcome all—comers to their country, but I wonder why his wife returned without him.
References: “British County Catalogue of Postal History Vol 3. London” by R.M. Willcocks & B. Jay|
‘ Great Britain Post Roads Post Towns and Postal Rates 1635-1839 Alan W. Robertson ’
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