(Newcastle, England, to Dedham Mass., Apr. 30, 1816), Last Day of War of 1812 Restored Rate.
Folded letter datelined at Newcastle on Feb. 27, 1816 and addressed to Dedham Mass., entered mails with red "Boston Ms. Apr. 30" last day Restored Rate
circular datestamp and matching "SHIP"
straightline, manuscript "10"
cents postage for a letter sent less than 40 miles plus 2c ship fee, Very Fine, on February 1, 1816 Congress repealed the 50% War Rate surcharge effective March 31, Restored Rate covers are even more elusive than 50% War Rate covers because the repeal lasted only one month --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 this letter was posted at Boston and completely new rates were introduced (there was a new rate of 10c rate for distances of 31-80 miles, but Dedham is only 15-20 miles from Boston so this was clearly charged under the old rate, as the new rate would have been 6c)
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