Morning Duty date stamps
|A new stamp was introduced in 1810, which had the date both sides of the month. Up to 1836 the letters A to G were used at the top of the circle, then the letter H was added in 1826, and others after 1840.|
|This example was from Cardiff to London in 1834. Note that it was opened by cutting the seal, which can be seen attached to the lower half of the letter|
|two examples showing the letters B (Oxford to London, 1836) and C (Plymouth to London, 1830)in the datestamps. This code letter only identified the table at which the letters were sorted, or the clerk using the stamp at the time.|
|The letter from Oxford in 1836 has interesting contents. |
It is addressed to Messrs Law & Tindal, Solicitors, 10 Lincolns Inn, London
(The same address as the letters on the previous page, so this was possibly a 'set of rooms or Chambers' for a group of solicitors.
Oxford 13th December 1836
In obedience of your Letter of the 2nd instant, I have caused the Steeple Aston Inclosure Award to be again searched through to discover if there were any Allotments to the Trustees of the Will of, or of a Settlement made by Sir Francis Page, Knight, and I find there are no other Allotments either to Francis Page Esquire or to Sir Francis's Trustees beside those contained in the Extract with which you have already been furnished.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your very obedient Servant
John M Davenport.
Copyright 2002 E. J. Shanahan
Morning Duty P.5
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