Notes from the Past

Packet Letter

A letter brought in by a packet, that is a ship either maintained by the government or carrying mail under Post Office contract; as distinct from a ship letter brought in by a private ship.  Packet letter postmarks were introduced at a number of British ports in the 1840s, and continued in use into the early part of the twentieth century.  Separate markings were required since at this period the postal rates on packet letters were considerably higher than on ship letters.
 
 
 
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
 Posted March 4, 2000

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