Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. July 29, 1861.
Clear strike of large oval datestamp on flap of folded printed cotton trader circular from London, England to Richmond Va.,
letter dated May 25, 1861, sender's directive "pr Australasian via Cork",
Liverpool circular datestamp also on flap, entered New York with bold strike of "N. York Br. Pkt 24 Jun. 6" 24c debit datestamp and "19 Cents" handstamp, due to the order of the postmaster general this was undeliverable to Confederate Richmond and so was sent to the Dead Letter Office, upon release struck with the DLO oval and blue "Baltimore Md. Jul. 30" circular datestamp on flap with matching "Due 3" in circle for domestic postage due, Very Fine, a rare cover showing how mail was affected by suspension of postal service between the North and South
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