These letters graciously have been shared with the Victorian Web by Eunice and Ron Shanahan; they have been taken from their website. The letters give an insight into the daily lives and concerns of 'ordinary' people without whom history would not exist. The letters are a wonderful example of how much history may be gleaned from such sources.
This letter was dated 1821 signed by Mr. McCaa Esqr of Newton Stewart to John V. Agnew Barnbarroch Wigtown. The two postal markings are a poorly struck and only partly legible boxed mileage for Newton Stewart - D (the letter D showing the letter went through Dumfries) but the mileage is not legible; and a charge mark of 4. This was the cost between 1812 -1839, of a single letter over a distance of less than 15 miles, and Wigtown and Newton Stewart are about 12 miles apart.
Fraser & Vans Agnew, Scotland, 1843- the letter
Portrait of Robert Vans Agnew
Last modified 15 February 2005