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TO OPORTO 1813 - CAN YOU HELP?

Being non-personal, Notices of the Dissolution of a Firm qualified as Printed Matter and as such they could be sent at reduced rates of postage. In the case of items sent overseas from Britain, these could be sent for as little as a ½d. for some 70 years up to 1949. Such reduced rates caried mail through to its destination as Britain entered Postal Conventions with other countries during the 19th Century prior to the formation of the Universal Postal Union.

 

The item shown here was acquired as an example of a Printed Matter item pre-dating such Conventions and comprises a Notice dated 31 December 1812 sent from London to Messrs. Hunt, Newman & Roope of Oporto, Portugal indicating that Mr James MacKenzie is retiring and a second Notice from Mr Alexander Glennie stating that he is continuing the business.

However a further look reveals a third page containing a hand-written page dated 26 January 1813 from the new firm to the Messrs. Hunt, Newman & Roope which by its nature could not be described as printed matter.  It appears therefore that this document was in fact a letter written on a piece of Printed Matter – maybe Alexander Glennie felt that using one of their circulars would help to explain why his new firm was now writing.

If anyone can explain the postage that was paid on this letter sent by Packet on 26 January  or indeed whether at that time it would have been carried at a cheaper rate had it been sent simply as a printed notice, i.e. without the appended letter of 26th January, it would be good to hear from you.

Hunt, Newman & Roope were wine shippers whose origins go back to Thomas Newman of Dartmouth who was importing wines in 1503 and Hunt, Roope & Co Ltd founded in1650.

7/10/2020

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