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"Way 26" Written On Cover Front

 
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Posted 07/15/2021   10:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add hsolly to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Cover with script "Way 26" written on it: What does it mean? I have it on a Mobile, AL cover to Peace Dale, RI dated Dec 4, 1843.
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Posted 07/15/2021   11:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Could you please try and post a picture of this?


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Posted 07/15/2021   12:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jaxom100 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think that the "WAY" postmark indicates that it was carried aboard a ship.
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Posted 07/15/2021   12:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Richard Frajola to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Way 26" means it was received by a post office mail carrier on his route to the Mobile post office. He received 1c for his trouble and the 1c was added to the 25c rate to Rhode Island. Most likely the letter was received from a steamboat.
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Posted 07/15/2021   12:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It would still be nice to see the cover?


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Posted 07/15/2021   5:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hsolly to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am trying to paste a photo of the cover. It is a bank draft for $450. The writer says he talked to the ship captain who was anxious to sail and agreed to carry the cover out of New Orleans on Dec 1. Cover sent from Mobile on Dec 4. So I assume the "Way 26" is some rate for the method of carrying.
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Posted 07/15/2021   5:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hsolly to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Should have mentioned: My daughter lives a mile from Peace Dale RI. It is a small town in southern RI. I am not a sailing ship collector!
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Posted 07/15/2021   9:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Classic Coins to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
hsolly,

Can you tell us what the dark writing says above New Orleans Dec 1st 1843?

Richard summed it up nicely. Here are some links for additional reading:

https://www.linns.com/news/us-stamp...history.html

https://siegelauctions.com/lot_grd....ubmit=Search
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Posted 07/16/2021   6:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some other Mobile cancels, a bit newer than yours.

Also a #2 on a Way letter in-to and out-of Mobile.

http://goscf.com/t/72178
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