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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Mar 26, 21
Edited on:Mar 26, 21
Postmark: May 26, 1845
Origin: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
Destination: Lexington, Kentucky, UNITED STATES

Boyd's City Express, 1844, 2c black on yellow green (20L2) canceled by red "Free" handstamp on May 25, 1845 folded letter to Lexington, Ky. with matching "Boyd's City Express Post, May 26" oval datestamp, stamp tied by red "New -York May 26" circular datestamp, blue manuscript "25" rating at top right. Endorsed "Mail". Rare usage of this 2nd issue Boyd's stamp tied on cover "to-the-mails". With 2018 P.F. certificate.

Letter is datelined "Sunday morning, New York May 25th 1845". This three-page letter was written by a trader from Kentucky who with a family member have traveled to New York on foot on dusty trails leading their herd of cattle and hogs to the market there after a journey of 75 days and sold his stock. Now that business was concluded they spent a week touring New York City and surrounding area and writes of their sightseeing, and receiving letters by the Penny Post.

Excerpts from letter:
Dear Issac,
Thomas & myself have just returned from Jersey City Ferry where we parted with Mr. Webb bound directly home . . . we closed the sale of all the stock on last Monday and a good number of cattle were sold by weight, we could not obtain them from the Butchers until yesterday . . . we will leave in the morning for Boston by way of New Haven, Hartford, Salem and the Albany R.Road and from thence to Buffalo & Niagara, and will probably return to this place about the 20th of June. Mary Cosby & Thomas are in fine health, and as for myself I feel as if I had regained 20 years of past life. I can out walk any man on Broadway. We devotedĀ  last week in visiting the various objects of interest in and around the City, the great Harlem Bridge, the Reservoir, the Groton Water Works, the Custom house & Exchange, War Ships, Theatres, etc. But Miss Mary is keeping an elaborate journal from the commencement of our Tour which will afford you some amusement when we reach home. Our travel will be of the greatest advantage to her and Tommy is perfectly enraptured, I met him unexpectedly at New Orc, N. Jersey, as dirty and greasy as a Butcher, and as soon as I could I brought him to the City & rigged him out and introduced him into gay and fashionable society. The transit was so sudden & unexpected, after his extertions with the rough Drovers for 75 days that he could scarcely realize it, he looked at himself in the glass and remarked that Webb would not know him, the trip will be one of the greatest advantage to him.

. . . I also send by Mr. Webb a Daguerretype likeness of each of us, our acquaintances will think they are an admirable likeness. There are a good many Kentuckians in the City, from whom I have derived a goodall of local news from Lexington & vicinity . . . Immediately on the receipt of this, write to me at Niagara Falls (via) Cincinnati, it will be about a week until our arrival there, and it will determine our movements, and length of stay from home. Your letters, as well as Sister Liddys I believe have all reached me, and afforded us much pleasure. You must anticipate our arrival here about the 20th of June, and let us have several letters of different dates. If you will direct to N.York Hotel, they will be forwarded by the Penny Post & kept until our return. Remember me affectionately to all, farewell, Tho. H. Shelby.

Owner's ID: 2438
Certificate? Yes
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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