General Post Branch Offices — Charing Cross unpaid

General Post Branch Offices — Charing Cross — Unpaid Marks.

The Charing Cross Branch Office covered Westminster and the West End of the City

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Type 1. Standard Series — In use October 1829 to May 1833

This cover dated March 22nd 1831 bears a Type 1a variant of the basic design. The frame size is 20.5 x 20.5 and the characters are moveable. The 'X' is 4mm. and the figure 3 is flat style with a flat top. In use from October 1829 to December 1831.
Note the use of "MA" for March in the date area instead of the commonly used "MR". The date is written on the cover by the sender as part of the criteria for using the "FREE" concession.

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Type 1. Standard Series —
In use October 1829 to May 1833

This entire letter bears a Type 1b variant of the basic design. The frame and characters are slightly different to the basic style and the 'X' is 5mm. The figure 3 is a round one with rounded top. In use from January 1832 to May 1833 this one is dated 12th February 1833
Addressed to Charles Kilpin Esqr Worcester the letter reads:-
4 Chesterfield Street
May Fair
12th February 1833
My Dear Sir,
I have duly received your favour of yesterday and as I think the earlier you can give your presence in town with convenience to yourself the better. I write by return to say so in order that you may arrange accordingly — Perhaps you can manage to come up on Thursday or Friday — I think the sooner the better and therefore if not disagreeable to you shall we say the former day?
Very faithfully yours
H. B. Coles

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Type 3. Standard Series.
In use January 1834 — Mid 1857.

Although the actual layout remained constant the type 3 Unpaid date stamps had a considerable number of changes in frame size and size of figures.
This wrapper with 2d blue adhesive bears a Type 3d variant of the basic design and was dated 28th April 1848. In use from January 1848 to December 1852, the figures of the year were 4 mm high.

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Type 3. Standard Series.
In use January 1834 — Mid 1857.

This letter with a 1d red adhesive has a partially indistinct Type 3e mark. In use from January 1852 to December 1855 the frame is approximately 19 x 19 and has smaller corner cutouts.
Addressed to Joseph Gunson Accounts Office, Ntn Rway York, the letter has a printed heading with the date inserted and reads:-
Sir,
Have received yours of yesterday enclosing a letter for our mutual friend Mr R S Browne of London which shall be sent forward — you may at all times command my services for similar commissions — will you allow me to suggest the necessity in all further communications betwixt you and your friend Brown you must write on Foreign post.
I am Sir, Respectfully yours James Anderson.

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Type 3. Standard Series.

This envelope with 1d red adhesive bears a Type 3f variant of the basic design and was dated 15 Feb 1856. In use from January 1853 to mid 1857, the frame size was approximately 19 x 20, the figures of the year were 4 mm high, and the frame had small corners.
Addressed to Exeter the obverse shows a fine circular TOO LATE G.P.O. mark.

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Type 4. Additional Series (Double Frame).
In use March 1836 — December 1839.

This entire letter bears an example of the basic design of this type. The frame size varied, it had moveable characters and was struck in red ink. It was in use from March 1836 to December 1839.
Addressed to John Jones, esqr Solcr Dolgelly Merionethshire S.W. the letter reads:-
London 21 January 1839
Trafalgar Square
Dear Sir,
I duly received Mr Payne valuation and my client being desirous of giving the present Occupier the preference of purchase, I have written to say it will be sold at the price of 1000 Guineas ( not less ) and if that sum be not obtained by private contract he has determined upon offering it to the competition of a public sale — In any contract, care must be taken to provide for the title he will engage to give.
I am Dear Sir,
Yours truly
John Watson.
John Jones Esq.

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Type 5. Additional Series with single frame.
This basic design was in use from February 1850 to 1857 (?) The frame size was 22 x 24.5 and it had moveable characters. Struck in black ink.
This entire letter was dated June 15th 1852 and bears the CH datestamp 18th June.
Addressed to Nicholas Harvey at Charing Cross it was re-directed to Hayle, Cornwall and the letter reads:-
Westall Waterworks
June 15th 1852
Dear Sir,
If you have not written home respecting the engine worker, do not do so for the present as I have had an application from a young man for an Engine Worker berth and am to give him an answer tomorrow. If you have written to Hayle about him please inform me in the course of tomorrow afternoon, that I may know how to act in the matter.
I am Dr Sr
Yours Obedt svt
N.N.Hack (?)
To N Harvey Esqr


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