Evening Duty p6

General Post — Inland office — Evening Duty 1828-1830

The next alteration was very noticeable. The outside rim was changed to a single circle, and the date was no longer enclosed in a smaller circle. It still had the code letter at the left. This was in use only for the two years 1828-1830, and surprisingly, we have only seen copies dated 1829.

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This letter was written by D'Arcy Strangwayes of Barnards Inn, London to his relative Edward Swainston Strangwayes of Alne, Nr Easingwold, Yorkshire. The cost was 11d — the cost for a distance between 170 and 230 miles — Easingwold was 208 miles from London. Evening duty stamps are usually found on mail going out from London, because that was the way the mail system worked at that time. The mail coaches left London at night with outgoing mail to the rest of the Kingdom. Incoming mail was timed to reach London at about 8 am, so incoming mail usually carried the morning duty stamps.

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23rd February 1829
Dear Sir,
Coll. Chaytor & yourself I find had some Conversation on the Subject of £1000 which my Brother John was wishful to borrow of the Executors of my late Father. You have my Consent to accede to his Wishes and you will be so good as direct Harrison & Co by return of post to remit to me that sum to be paid over to my Brother who has engaged to leave Securities to cover this advance.
Hoping you and your Family are all as well as may be after your late great loss, I remain
Dear Sir,
yrs very truly, D'Arcy Strangwayes
P. S. Perhaps it would be the safest way for Messrs Harrison & Co to write to me with an order upon their correspondents here for the money & for them to advise their correspondents.
I have found out from the Internet that the addressee was Edward Swainston-Strangwayes who adopted the Strangwayes part of his name when he married and inherited the Strangwayes estates in Yorkshire and Somerset, from his mother. The writer of the letter D'Arcy and his brother John were the sons of Richard Strangwayes who had died 1st August 1828, and from this letter it seems that John cannot wait for probate for his father's will.
The 'late great loss ' referred to by D'Arcy is probably the death of one of Edward's children. He and his wife Elizabeth, had 15 children of whom 8 died in infancy. This was not an uncommon scenario in the early 19th century.

Copyright 2002 E. J. Shanahan

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