Eunice and Ron Shanahan have shared with readers of the Victorian Web this material from their website, Letters from the Past. Click on thumbnails for larger images.
This letter from the past was written more than 200 years ago and has a really clear large triple circle datestamp of the type that was in use from 1791 until 1794, when the London Post was re-organised. In the outer circle, it has ' PAID' and the year in two figures, (in this case 92), the month AP with decorative diamonds in the next circle, and the day 19 in a small centre circle. The postage cost of the letter is shown by the manuscript marking in red ink "P/4" . Horsham is 38 miles from London, and the rate in force from 1784 for a distance under 150 miles was 4d.
Last modified 11 December 2002