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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Mar 27, 21
Edited on:Mar 27, 21
 
Postmark: Aug 31, 1850
Origin: Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
Destination: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

"Blood's Despatch, 26, 28 So. Sixth" circular handstamp (ASCC type 10) on 1850 cover with red "Boston, 10 Cts. 31 Aug." integral-rate circular datestamp to Philadelphia, cds crossed out and remailed via Blood's with red "Way 5" handstamp to Baltimore, Md.

Cover was taken by Blood's to railroad depot in Philadelphia for a train heading south to Baltimore and the route agent put it in as a "Way" use (and was entitled to a 1c fee). The red "Way 5" marking was applied in Baltimore upon arrival.

With original letter datelined "Boston 30th Aug 1850". Excerpt: "Prof. John W. Webster was hung this morning, very little excitement among the people, he was perfectly calm."
After Boston businessman George Parkman disappeared in November 1849, his dismembered and partially burned body was found in the laboratory of John White Webster, a lecturer at Harvard Medical College; Webster was convicted of Parkman's murder and hanged on August 30, 1850. Highly publicized because of its gruesome nature and the high social status of Parkman and Webster, the case was one of the earliest in which forensic evidence was used to identify a body.

Owner's ID: 2440
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes