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Document number: 4481
Date: Fri 22 Jan 1841
Dating: internal evidence - see notes
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: WRIGHT James
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 11th January 2011

Sir

I have been in Westminster this Morning and have agreed with William Giles on the same Terms as his present situation Wages 22 a year, Two Suits of Livery a Working Dress and Two Hats, and a great coat Every Two years, he leaves his Situation on Friday the 26 Inst and will be at Laycock Monday March the first, I told him to call on Sackville St <1> on Saturday, the 27 Inst, and I would give instruction what coach to go Down by and the same time write to you to day what coach he comes by as you may send the cart to meet him

I have been trying all the Morning to get the New Pennys I have been promised some from the Bank to Morrow if I can get there I will send them by Lawes <2> coach in the Evening.

and remain your humble Servant
J Wright

Sackville St
Friday Evening.

I have inclosed you a New Stamp thay [sic] only came out yesterday 1/3 the Dozen<3>


Notes:

1. 31 Sackville Street, London residence of the Feildings, often used as a London base by WHFT.

2. Mr Lawes, of Lawes coaches.

3. This confirms the date of this letter. The earlier reference to Monday 1 March makes 1841 the only plausible year. The world's first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued in 1840, but the cancellation marks were difficult to see. On Thursday 21 January 1841, it was replaced with the Penny Red, which contrasted with the black ink of the cancellation. Wright's letter was written the next day.

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