Discriminatory Tax

Entire from New York to London via Ocean line steamer

 

Prepaid entire sent from Havana via New York to London on board Ocean Line's "Washington" on 21st February 1848.
Postage paid in US: 24, '24' red hand stamp and 'PAID' applied at New York.
Postage due in GB: 1/- per oz, in manuscript.
  
The GB packet fee of 1/- for the first half ounce was introduced 10th January 1840. The discriminatory 1/- fee was charged by the British Post Office as a packet fee as if carried by Cunard ships.
Reference:
The Transatlantic Mail, by Frank Staff, Quartermain Publications, 1980 Edition
History of Letter Post Communications Between the United States and Europe 1845-1875, by G E Hargest
North Atlantic Mail Sailings 1840-75, W Hubbard and R F Winter.
Robertson Revisited, Colin Tabeart;
United Kingdom Letter Rates, Inland and Overseas, 1635 to 1900, Colin Tabeart;

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