EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL VALENTINE USED WITH THE FIRST STAMP ISSUED IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.
This style of datestamp was used at the beginning of the City Despatch Post in early 1842. This is the earliest reported use of an adhesive stamp in the Western hemisphere on a Valentine. Other Greig's stamps are known on Valentines, but with cancels or markings that point to a later date of use. Perhaps one other is known from this early time period.
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE FOLDED LETTER SENT UNDER COVER FROM PARIS TO NEW YORK, THEN FORWARDED TO BOND STREET BY GREIG'S CITY DESPATCH POST.
Cornelia Ray was a member of the famous Prime family of New York, whose patriarch, Nathaniel, was the head of the preeminent banking firm, Prime, Ward & King. This letter was sent by Cornelia to her mother in March 1842, while she, her husband and their children were staying in Paris. This letter was carried under cover on a vessel that sailed from France to New York. On arrival it was forwarded to 22 Bond Street by the City Despatch Post at 1:00 p.m. on March 29. The privately-operated City Despatch Post was bought by the government in August 1842 and re-established as the U.S. City Despatch Post carrier department. Two similar covers are known from the same correspondence, sent in 1844 and bearing the United States City Despatch Post 3c Black on Blue Green Glazed carrier stamp (Siegel Sale 1005, lots 240-241).