Post by daniel on Mar 17, 2023 4:46:49 GMT
I purchased this cover because of the rather nice red Paid/Liverpool/US Packet handstamp. Of course, it's a shame that the postage stamp has been removed (pesky stamp collectors, eh?
). It is postmarked Brantford 30th January 1882 and backstamped Hamilton the same day and with an arrival postmark for Cheltenham for 13th February 1882. The Liverpool US Packet mark must also be dated 1882 despite appearances.
The letter has been sent by Jane Henwood and is addressed to Thomas Henwood, her cousin, at 101-102 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire which was his shop. Thomas was a silk mercer or merchant. According to their family WikiTree, Thomas, 1825-1916, was born in Bath, where his father had started the business and later moved to Cheltenham where Thomas would later take over.
Here is a (very grainy) picture if Thomas Henwood.