Canadian American Postal History a Letter from Mary Dering Gray in Nova Scotia with Stamped Postmark April 21 1793 Delivered July 18 1793 on Shelter Island

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An autograph letter signed, from Mary Dering Gray, dated March 3, 1793, written on a watermarked folio sheet with vertical chain lines, folded once, addressed to her cousin, Sylvester Dering on Shelter Island, bearing two early stamped postmarks, a split-circle black ink dated postmark from “Halifax N Scotia Apr[il] 21 [17]93” with a hand annotation in black ink stating, “Taken out of the post office and forwarded for Jacob Conklin by Your Humble Servant Benjamin B. Blydenburg.” Signed by Benjamin B. Blydenburg, with the circular red ink “post paid” stamp and a red ink manuscript annotation, “pd 4 1/2”, and the red wax seal intact attached with the torn partially legible text beneath it, a complete letter of 2 ½  pages.

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Mary Dering Gray, Manuscript, ink on paper, an autograph letter signed, dated March 3, 1793, written on a watermarked folio sheet with vertical chain lines, folded once, addressed to her cousin, Sylvester Dering on Shelter Island, bearing two early stamped postmarks, a split-circle black ink dated postmark from “Halifax N Scotia Apr[il] 21 [17]93” with a hand annotation in black ink stating, “Taken out of the post office and forwarded for Jacob Conklin by Your Humble Servant Benjamin B. Blydenburg.” Signed by Benjamin B. Blydenburg, with the circular red ink “post paid” stamp and a red ink manuscript annotation, “pd 4 1/2”, and the red wax seal intact attached with the torn partially legible text beneath it, a complete letter of 2 ½  pages. The handwritten notation by Blydenburg next to the seal is “July 18, 1793,” the presumed date of delivery.

It is believed the letter travelled overland to Halifax, where it was postmarked, then travelled by sea to Sag Harbor, where it was delivered to a post office, then, according to the annotation, “Taken out of the post office and forwarded for Jacob Conklin by Your Humble Servant Benjamin B. Blydenburg.” Blydenburg is believed to have been acting as a locally appointed postmaster.  The first recorded official postmaster appointment for Sag Harbor dates from September 25, 1794, the official date of the first United States Post Office at Sag Harbor.

Text of the letter:

“March 3, 1793

My Dear Cousin,

My Mother the other day received a letter from you which convinced us that you remembered us with affection, I almost forgot your hand it was so long very long since you had indulged one of this family – you express a wish for me to write you I shall gladly comply as I flatter my self after it reaches you that some hour shortly you will give to a sincere friend, let one hear soon from your self that I am still dear to you, I wish I could see you and your Wife and Children I should feel very happy, and tho’ I have given up the name of Thomas I flatter my self you would gladly receive – your once loved Cousin – your letter was too late to my Mother I thank you for remembering me and with your friend well tho’ I am better ingaged [sic] at least I think so – I should have given you a hint of Mr Gray before but your long silence pervented [sic] me  — I am going in two or three weeks into a great retirement at your Farm – The place is called Parrsborough I do not expect to live there more than two years at most – I should have left my Dear Mother this winter but she would not consent I was Married the first of December but I need not be more particular – as my Mother will write you all that you wish – And all about the Farm being sold – she is distressed at parting with it and yet I dair[sic] to say she will live more at ease than she has done for many years – she has had her health very well this winter as has Eliza and my Brothers who are still with us – I expect Cousin to live on a farm I think it is as pleasant a any other way – Mr. Gray has a very good one in Falmouth, a little town only four miles from this, which he expects to get on in two years so that he only takes this in Parrsborough  for two years – I am rejoiced to hear that your Mother has her health so well Do Remember me to her with my warmest Love, and Mrs. Gardiner your Wife show my tenderness tho’ an none Love to your Brother Henry I shall ever wish him well – Do Cousin tell me where Mrs. Tammage  is I once Loved – Polly Floyed so well that I wish to know where their Davy is – Adieu my Cousin your affectionate Mary Gray.” [At the bottom of the page: “Mr. Dering”]

 

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Gray, Mary Dering Gray

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Canadian American Postal History a Letter from Mary Dering Gray in Nova Scotia with Stamped Postmark April 21 1793 Delivered July 18 1793 on Shelter Island