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Cover Type: Foreign (other)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Aug 3, 17
Edited on:Aug 4, 17
Postmark: Sep 4, 1855
Origin: Fünfkirchen, Hungary, AUSTRIA
Destination: Ecseny, Hungary, AUSTRIA

Austria 1850 issue 3 kreuzer red (#3) tied by "Fünfkirchen 4/9" (1855) circular datestamp on folded letter to Ecseny, Hungary. Endorsed "near Kaposvár", with Kaposvár 6 Sept. backstamp. The Kingdom of Hungary at that time was a province of the Austrian Empire.

Letter is written in German, addressed to "Monsieur Paul de Tallián" and signed by "Helene". The first line of the address is: "Cinq Églises" which translated from the French is"Five Churches", the significance of which is not understood. The letter is datelined "Fünfkirchen Inn 4/9 1855." The letter begins "Innigst Geliebte gute Mutter! which translates as "My Beloved Good Mother!

Pécs (German: Fünfkirchen)  is in Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the southwest of the country, close to its border with Croatia.

Ecseny is a small village in Somogy County, Hungary, north of Kaposvár.
Kaposvár is a city in the southwestern part of Hungary, south from the Lake Balaton. It is one of the leading cities of Transdanubia and it is the capital of Smogy County.

On modern roads the distance from Pécs to Kaposvár  is about 45 miles. The Austrian postal rate from June 1, 1850 to Oct. 31, 1858 was 3 kreuzers per loth for distances up to 10 meilen (post-miles). One Austrian post-mile = 4,000 klafter or 24,000 feet, equal to 4.7144 miles in the U.S. Therefore 10 Austrian post-miles = 47 miles, which corresponds to the 3kr rate for this letter.

Source for conversion of Austrian post-mile: "The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge" Vol. II, section on Austria, edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana, published by D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1858.

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