postal marking shows
FREE in a crown within a dated circle which was applied
in London. Because the letter was allowed to be sent free of postage, the rules
of the time had to be observed — the town, the date and year had to be written
at the top of the letter, written by the person claiming the free frank, who
had to sign at the bottom left of the address panel. This particular FREE mark
was only in use for about 7 months from 3rd January 1800.
These letters graciously have been shared with the Victorian Web by Eunice and Ron Shanahan; they have been taken from their website.