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 is the second of two letters from this man, both of which are addressed to Henry Ashworth, The Oaks, Bolton, Lancashire. This letter was sent postage paid and the postal markings are quite different. The first was sent postage unpaid.

  • unframed Receiving office stamp a 2-step Old Brompton 2Py P Paid in black;
  • Circular GP Paid In RED
  • oval PAID transfer stamp to General Post in red -in use from 1824 — 1836
  • Evening duty circular PAID datestamp — in RED postmarked 30 Sep 1835 with the date both sides of the month — this type was in use from 1822-1840
  • and 6 two manuscript charges in red 1/10 crossed out and the amended figure is another good scribble, but it could (and should) be 1/0d for that distance.


Last modified 3 December 2002