Monroe NC June 5.
Ms. 1861 postmark and "Paid 10" on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Manchester Mo.
with "Due 3 cts" hs, St. Louis Mo. backstamp (Jun. 12) and Dead Letter Office
oval ds (Jun. 29), in addition the Monroe office wrote an additional "10", suggesting this was originally intended to be sent unpaid - not unusual considering that only a few days before the rate had been a modest 3c, includes 4pp letter
with superb content - the boys of North Carolina preparing for war: "Tailors were hired to cut & fit, while the ladies of Monroe made up a suit apiece for all of them beside the tents, towels, knapsacks &c. necessary for a camp equipage. The poor fellows left yesterday, & a fine looking set of young men can hardly be found. They were the flower of the county."
etc., cover with some age spots at sides, still Fine, very scarce usage with desirable enclosure
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