Letter written to John Marron
Hope asks to return a water-damaged shipment of stamps. The coach carrying the stamps had "upset in the water." He also asks if the Department furnishes something with which to deface the stamps.
Customarily, a standard seven-bar circular handstamp was furnished with the first shipment of stamps, but they were not sent to smaller offices. In those cases, the postmaster had to make or buy his own canceling device or use pen and ink to cancel the stamps.