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Item No. SG/Spec Description Price Key
PR:104
PR:104
* 1766 Entire letter Boston to Kettlethorpe (Lincs) 11 January 1766. Mostly good SCARCE STRAIGHT-LINE 'BOSTON' in black on obverse. Letter regarding exchange of parcels of land. NOTE: although addressed to a Mrs Luke Turnell of Kettlethorpe, the other party to the transfers is Charles Amcotts (1729-1777), who is the son of Vincent Amcotts. He succeeded to the estate of Kettlethorpe Hall on the death of his father's half brother, Charles Hall MP, in 1743. Amcotts was MP for Boston 1754-1777, and High Sheriff of Lincolnshire for several years. Kettlethorpe Hall was the former home of Katherine Swynford, long-time mistress and later third wife of John of Gaunt, and Duchess of Lancaster. New!

25.00

PR:92
PR:92
* 1779 Entire letter Tring to London 2 April 1779. FINE LONDON BISHOP MARK in black on obverse, and manuscript '3' Charge Mark on front. Note of assignment of a hedge and ditch boundary. New!

25.00

PR:91
PR:91
* 1788 Entire letter Edinburgh to Ayr 27 November 1788. FINE EDINBURGH BISHOP MARKS in red (two strikes) on obverse, and manuscript ?'3' Charge Mark on front. Solicitor's letter regarding land and disposition of funds from an Uncle's estate. New!

25.00

PR:5
PR:5
* 1793 Entire, clean letter Cupar to Edinburgh 3rd March 1793. Faint but legible SCARCE two-line 'COUPAR FIFE', and FINE EDINBURGH BISHOP MARK 'MR/3' in red. Manuscript '6d Paid by G (damage) Murray, Tain 11 Mar 93' - apparently redirected to Tain. Apologies for absence from a club party! 25.00
PR:4
PR:4
* 1793 Wrapper, clean empty wrapper Rochdale to Huddersfield 30th December 1793. Incomplete but legible straight-line 'ROCHDALE', and manuscript '9'. 12.50
PR:121
PR:121
* 1803 Entire letter Aberdeen to Selkirk 6 March 1803. Faint Scottish BISHOP MARK 'MR/7' in red on front, and Aberdeen datestamp on obverse. Rambling three-page personal letter. New!

25.00

PR:87
PR:87
* Undated Entire, Derby local, probably early 19th Century. Fine straight-line 'DERBY'. Re action to recover a debt. 10.00
PR:33
PR:33
* 1820 Entire Selby to Derby on 17 March 1820. Fine strike of a SCARCE STRAIGHT-LINE 'SELBY'. Chasing a debt for timber! Fine clean condition... 25.00
PR:95
PR:95
* 1821 Entire Newmarket to London 9 May 1821, consisting of a folded two-page race programme for the Newmarket Spring Meeting of 1821 - includes the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas. Sent under a FINE CROWNED 'FREE' in red, and with a NEWMARKET '62' MILEAGE MARK alongside. NOTE: I am unable to identify the sender, but the recipient Henry Bouverie is Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Bouverie (1783-1853), a career officer in the Coldstream Guards, the nephew of the Earl of Radnor, and later Governor of Malta (1836-43). (See also PR:96 below, apparently in the same hand, and under the same seal, but with a different 'Free' licensee name).) New!

25.00

PR:96
PR:96
* 1821 Entire Newmarket to London 10 May 1821, consisting of a folded two-page race programme for the Newmarket Spring Meeting of 1821. These were clearly updated and published on a daily basis, as there are additional runners and riders compared with the previous day's programme. Sent under a FINE CROWNED 'FREE' in red, and with a NEWMARKET '62' MILEAGE MARK above. NOTE: I am unable to identify the sender (?'Braybrooke'?), but the recipient Henry Bouverie is Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Bouverie (1783-1853), a career officer in the Coldstream Guards, the nephew of the Earl of Radnor, and later Governor of Malta (1836-43). (See also PR:95 above, apparently in the same hand, and with the same seal, but under a different licensee name.) New!

25.00

PR:99
PR:99
* 1826 Entire letter Aylesbury to London 23 June 1826. Mostly FINE AYLESBURY '42' MILEAGE MARK, and a double-ring red datestamp on obverse. Covering letter between solicitors, with an historic list of deeds of transfer of a property under negotiation (no details of property apparent). New!

10.00

PR:11
PR:11
* 1826 Wrapper, flimsy but neat small (empty) wrapper Greenock to Edinburgh 25th July 1826. Light but FINE 'Addt ' toll fee, FINE Greenock backstamp, and Edinburgh dated receiving stamp in red. 7.50
PR:101
PR:101
* 1827 Entire letter Canterbury to Benenden 4 July 1827. Part light CANTERBURY '56' MILEAGE MARK, and a single-ring red datestamp on obverse. Letter from the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury (signed by a James Crofts, presumably his secretary), offering the opportunity of a scholarship for a local boy. NOTES: the Archbishop at this time was Charles Manners-Sutton (1755-1828), who christened Queen Victoria. The Reverend Daniel Boys was the Clerk of Benenden until his death on 27 November 1857. (See also PR:98 below.) New!

15.00

PR:38
PR:38
* 1827 Wrapper (empty) Manchester to Burnley on 1 December 1827. Incomplete strike of a SCARCE 'DIDSBURY PENNY POST'. Grubby... 30.00
PR:39
PR:39
* 1828 Entire Bungay to Margate on 24 April 1828. Mostly fine strike of a SCARCE 'BUNGAY 107' MILEAGE MARK, and part circular datestamp in red. Letter to solicitor requesting action to evict a non-paying tenant, and subsequent sale of the land - 'if any sort of objection...be attempted by artful & sordid people to hinder its sale, we should depend entirely on your judgment in regard to our having a clear right to use it for building or any purpose' - how to make friends and influence people - nothing changes! Some damp damage... 25.00
PR:75
PR:75
* 1831 Entire Newcastle (Staffs) local of 5 September 1831. Faint but legible SCARCE Newcastle 5th Clause Post. Re purchase of land. 25.00
PR:98
PR:98
* 1833 Empty wrapper London to Benenden 6 April 1833. FINE red CROWNED 'FREE' mark signed 'N.Cantuan' (code for Canterbury?). Letter in the same hand as PR:101 above - that of a James Croft, presumably a secretary, and therefore also presumably from the London office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. NOTE: the Archbishop by now was William Rowley (Archbishop 1828-1848), who officiated at the coronation of William IV, and informed the then Princess Victoria of her accession to Queen. The Reverend Daniel Boys was the Clerk of Benenden until his death on 27 November 1857. (See also PR:101 above.) New!

15.00

PR:78
PR:78
* 1835 Front Chipping Norton to London on 21 November 1835. Fine Crowned 'Free', addressed to Messrs Jones Loyd & Co, signature illegible. 10.00
PR:65
PR:65
* 1836 Entire (empty wrapper) London to Burnley on 4 March 1836. Fine Crowned 'Free', address obliterated, signed John Fielden. NOTE: Fielden was a wealthy mill-owner, social reformer and benefactor, serving as Member of Parliament for Oldham from 1832-1847. He campaigned for the Reform Act of 1832, and also for shorter working hours, promoting the Ten Hours Act (also known as the Factories Act 1847), and in 1833 seconded a resolution to remove Sir Robert Peel from the Privy Council. 20.00
PR:97
PR:97
* 1839 Empty London local envelope Harrow to Strand 10 September 1839. FINE 'T.P.HARROW' mark, and manuscript '3' CHARGE-MARK on front, and FINE red London 'tombstone' datestamp on obverse. New!

7.50

C:857
C:857
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1840 Mulready, 1d Lettersheet (SCARCE Forme 6, Stereo A.236) VERY FINE UNUSED. Cat.375 150.00
PR:17
PR:17
* 1855 Entire, flimsy stampless letter London to MARSEILLES 26th June 1855. London 'PAID' CDS in red, 'P.D.' (Paid to Destination) in circle in red, neat Calais and Paris transit stamps. Interesting letter re the complications of international exchange! SCARCE DESTINATION... 12.50

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