Details For Cover ID# 25657

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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:May 8, 17
Edited on:May 8, 17
 
Postmark: May 14, 1845 (American Letter Mail Co.)
Origin: Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
Destination: Portland, Maine, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

Red "American Letter / Mail Company. / Office / No. 12 State Street / Boston" oval transit office handstamp (Blake #397), red fancy boxed "Collect / 6-1/4 cts. / Boston / Office" handstamp (Blake #399) on folded letter datelined "Richmond (in Berkshire County,Massachusetts) May 14, 1845" to "R.B. Dunn Esq., At Thompson's or Harkell's Hotel --- or the Pebble St. House in Prebble St., Portland, Maine". 
Penciled "8" which represents 6 cents postage plus 2 cents local delivery fee equals 8 cents total due.

Letter begins "Dear Brother, I have only a few minutes to write as Mr. Deursen the bearer of this is about to start." The letter writer mentions plans to depart for Turin (in Lewis County, New York) and also visit Boston. Richmond was mostly agrarian until the discovery of iron ore in 1829, which led to an iron works which lasted into the twentieth century.

This is the only known ALM Co. originating from Richmond, Massachusetts. It was privately carried to Boston where it was deposited into the ALM Co. office there for delivery to Portland, Maine.
This is also 1 of 6 known ALM Co. letters destined for Portland, Maine, according to the John Bowman database. The establishment of the ALM Co.'s office in Portland was announced on June 20, 1844.

The red oval Boston marking (Bowman ALM-BOS-3) is the latest recorded use (Bowman records from Aug. 2 1844 to Mar. 12, 1845). The red boxed Collect marking from Boston (Bowman ALM-BOS-C01) is also the latest recorded use (Bowman records from May 4, 1844 to May 14, 1845). 

Owner's ID: 1460a
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes