FREE/CALVIN JONES/Postmafter/Smithfield (N.C.).
Clear strike of four-line handstamp, ms. "Free" and initials, on Oct. 12, 1792 folded letter to Westmoreland N.Y., sender's instructions "for Utica Post Office"
at bottom left, some political content as well as "The Military spirit survives, and is diffused, there are 3 Volunteer Companies just raised in the Town of New Bern in complete uniform..."
, some waterstaining and overall soiling, otherwise Very Fine, a reportedly unique example of this postmaster's free frank handstamp, according to Post Offices and Postmasters of North Carolina
(Vol. 2, p. 2-217), the post office opened on June 18, 1792. Jones, a prominent physician, is not listed as being postmaster until Oct. 1, 1796, but he must have also filled that role at this earlier date.
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