Details For Cover ID# 28726

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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jul 12, 20
Edited on:Jul 15, 20
 
Postmark: Jan 15, 1835
Origin: Charleston, South Carolina, UNITED STATES
Destination: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

"Charleston S.C. Jan. 15" 30mm red circular datestamp, matching "Paid" 20 x 5mm handstamp and magenta manuscript "1.00" (quadruple rate) on folded letter to New York, manuscript "Pr. mail.".

Letter explains why it was charged 4x the 25 cent rate (Act of 1816, over 400 miles):
"Dear Sir,
Please forward the enclosed 2 Letters by the Liverpool packet of 24 Inst. and inform us of her name when you next write us - there is nothing new here but we will write you on Saturday with an account of the week's work.
Yours truly, Higham & Fife, 15 Jany 1835.

Docketed "Higham & Fife, 1/15 1835, 22 ans'd."

The firm of Higham & Fife, founded in 1820 in Charleston, were wine merchants. They were the authorized agents in South Carolina for the Madeira house of Newton, Gordon, Murdoch & Scott. Their Charleston advertisements offered "extra old" Madeira, Burgundy Madeira, Malmsey, Sercial and Tinto. Given the rarity of these wines, they were sold in small 13 gallon casks. The firm was located at 75 East Bay in Charleston. The historic well-preserved building is still standing to this day, believed to have been constructed in 1816.

The recipient, Abraham Bell & Co. was a firm of Quaker shipping and commission merchants in New York City. It had trading contacts in Belfast and Dublin, Ireland and Liverpool and London, England, as well as the United States. Although the firm imported and exported a wide variety of goods, cotton appears to have been its mainstay.

Owner's ID: 2317
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes