(London, England, to Pawtucket R.I. via Boston, Apr. 25, 1816) War of 1812 Restored Rate.
Folded letter datelined at London on March 5, 1816 and addressed to Pawtucket R.I., ship name directive at bottom for the Galen
(Charles Tracy, Master), entered mails with red "Boston Ms. Apr. 25" circular datestamp and matching "SHIP"
straightline, manuscript "10"
cents Restored Rate
postage for a letter sent less than 40 miles plus 2c ship fee, minor soiling, Very Fine, on February 1, 1816 Congress repealed the 50% War Rate surcharge effective March 31, Restored Rate covers are even more elusive than 50% War Rate covers because the repeal lasted only one month -- until April 30, 1816, when completely new rates were introduced, this is one of only seven such incoming ship covers recorded by Mark Schwartz
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