Letter cover with address and postmark. W.T. Chitty, in Baroda, India, to his sister Miss E.M. Chitty in Sussex, 1850.h This Paid letter has a charge mark of 1/- in red, but no India marks, and he wrote on it “Via Southampton.” From the reference books I have checked Southampton was not an option, but it is possible that he wrote that for the English end, Southampton being nearer to Muntham, Sussex. The letter went to London, was stamped with the Tombstone PAID datestamp JA 21 1851, and then finally the Horsham circular datestamp JA 21 1851, 39 days after it was posted in India. He has also initialled it in the bottom left hand corner "W.T.C. 13/12/50"

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