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Author:  agenteinrebus [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Letter N as part of Postal Rate, 18th Century

Please can someone explain the meaning of the letter N when applied within the postal rate e.g. '1 N 3' and '2 N' on mail sent in the late 18th Century? At first I thought it was an old version of 'Toys R Us' through the colloquial expressing of 'One 'n threepence' etc but this cannot be the case where shillings only are quoted. I would like to write up my examples but need the explanation if things are to make sense.

Author:  earsathome [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1888

Hello there,
Can you post an example so we can see exactly what you mean?

We do not think we have seen that on any of our old letters, but we have some examples of manuscript charge markings in the book "For the Port and Carriage of Letters" by David Robinson.
Thanks
Eunice and Ron

Author:  agenteinrebus [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1889

Example of '1 N 3' on letter dated 28 August 1786 from Hereford to London.

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Author:  Harvey [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1890

Your original thoughts on this were completely correct! 1N3 means exactly that - 1(shilling) (a)N(d) 3(pence).

Author:  Harvey [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1891

Sorry - forgot to mention: Where there is obviously only an expression such as 1N - with no pence quoted - this merely means that there were no pence in the postal charge. It was done that way to avoid confusion between figures. 1N0 - meaning 1 shilling and zero pence - the 0 could easily be mistaken for a 6 when written at the speed these clerks had to work. Hope this helps...?

Author:  agenteinrebus [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1892

Thank you all for your help. Much appreciated. It is official that Toys R Us is not a 20th Century invention!

Author:  earsathome [ Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 1893

Hi Harvey
Thanks for that information. It has sorted us out before we could even answer.

We got the original query on our e-mail but we don't always get them that way, so check regularly on the 'board'.
Nice to see a swift response to a Postal History question.
Regards to all
Ron and Eunice.

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