USA 1854 commercial letter from NYC to Boston, bale purchases
Attractive 1854 letter from John Slade & Co. to J.P. Bradley of Boston with accounting of bale purchases.
Handwriting bit difficult to decode.
Mailed to "J.P. Bradley Esq. --- Boston Mas."
Postage paid with nice copy of USA #11A 3 cent Washington imperforate stamp, L&R margins into design. Cancellation:
U.S. EXPRESS MAIL N.Y.
-- York SEP 8
New York Septem. 8 1854
Sketch of Sales by John Slade & Co.,
For account of Ballard Bale Co.
Folded to form envelope. Some light toning on fold. Couple small holes on fold.
3 ⅛” x 5 ⅛”
he U. S. Express Mail postmarks had their origin in the attempts made by the Post Office Department, beginning in 1842, to meet the competition of the private express carriers. The name "U. S. Express Mail" was intended to indicate more rapid service than by ordinary mail.