A 300 year old letter

This letter was penned in 1712, over three hundred years ago, and still looks very fresh! There were no stamps in those days of course but there is a wax seal, used to hold the paper in place where it was folded over (envelopes were a nineteenth century innovation) and a postmark (known as a Bishop mark), the oval shaped black mark with a dividing line across it. This letter was to be carried free of postage charges and, what I like best about it, just “left at the post house in Dublin”: no need for post codes of any kind!

 

Letter 26 June 1712

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