“Letters from the Past”
Mr Lea of Henley in Arden
from P Hicks, Warwick 1826
The letter has been folded for nearly a couple of centuries, but it shows how it was folded and sealed. This image shows that the inner parts are relatively clean.The paper is a heavy cream foolscap size and has the watermark T & S 1822, which runs across the width of the page.|
This is a provincial letter which only travelled less than 20 miles, so no need for any London postmarks. There are only two postal markings : the postal charge of 5 for a distance between 15 and 20 miles, and the dated WARWICK 107 mileage mark applied in black ink for JU 26 1826.
There is also a filing note on the outside, written in the receiver’s office for easy reference once the letter has been folded and filed. this is visible in the first image.
Mr Hicks 26 June 1826 propy Secy or hope Life Ins.
Now to the contents, which are very easy to read,
Sir,The letter then continues giving information about his travel arrangements, and this image shows the signature of the sender.
I must if possible go to Northampton on Wednesday morning therefore if you will have the kindness to direct a letter to me there to the Care of Mr Grant, Keeper of the Prison I will write from there to the Trustees who are in London for the Copy of the Settlement.
Reference: "Great Britain Post Roads Post Towns and Postal Rates" 1635 to 1839 Alan W Robertson
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