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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jul 7, 17
Edited on:Jul 7, 17
 
Postmark: Jun 18, 1783
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
Destination: Providence, Rhode Island, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

Franklin Mark "18 JU" (18 June 1783) 17mm circular postmark from Philadelphia on folded cover (no contents) to Providence, Rhode Island. Manuscript "24" dwt (pennyweight) and ms. "1-1/4 oz.". Docketing reads "Letter from Samuel Ings & Co. Phila. about Monsieur Cadet's Affairs June 18, 1783".

The Confederation period single letter rate from Philadelphia to Providence was 4 dwt, according to the 1775 Franklin chart.  For unknown reasons this cover apparently was rated 5 times the 4 dwt, 16 gr. rate, up to 500 miles. New York City was still occupied by the British at this time, which raises some questions about the rate distance. The dwt gr. (pennyweight and grains) system of weights was not actually used to pay the rates - that was "money of account" and mostly paper currency was used with fluctuating discounts.

The Ordinance of Congress Oct. 18 1782 re-enacted the postal rates of 1775 (Sept. 30) and estimated one pennyweight (1 dwt) at 5 ninetieths (one eighteenth) of a Spanish milled silver dollar.

Ex Chambers. This cover was part of the "Robert F. Chambers (of Providence, R.I.) Collection of United States Stampless Covers", auctioned by Samuel C. Paige in Boston, Dec. 1-2, 1950.

Owner's ID: 1533
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes