[Thomas Moore Musgrave, Postmaster of Bath.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T M Musgrave | Comptroller'), as Comptroller, London Twopenny Post, to Sir Francis Freeling, Secretary, General Post Office, on postal rate of 'News Papers for ye. Colonies'.

Thomas Moore Musgrave (1774-1854), postmaster and translator from Portuguese, Comptroller of London Twopenny Post, Postmaster of Bath [Sir Francis Freeling (1764-1836), Secretary, General Post Office]
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'Twopenny Post Office [London] | 12 January 1829'.
SKU: 22436

Musgrave is celebrated, as Postmaster of Bath, for the mailing of the first postage stamp of all: the “2nd May” Penny Black. 1p, folio. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper with closed tears and chipping to edges, folded twice. Endorsed by Freeling on reverse: '12 Jay 1829 | Twopenny Post Office | T Musgrave Esq', with the following in another hand: 'News Papers | for ye. | Colonies'. The letter reads: 'Sir, | As the Lists of Rates of Foreign Postage, which have for some time been prepared, have not yet been issued to the Letter-Receivers of the Country Districts of this Office, in consequence of the question remaining undecided as to the charge of the Twopenny-Post rate on Newspapers &c conveyed through this Office for the Colonies, I beg to submit that you will be pleased to inform me whether or not the rate, or addition to the charge of three half-pence, is to be continued -'. Three years before the writing of this letter John Murray had published Musgrave's translation of the Lusiads.