August 16, 1832 American Postage Remittance
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- Shown here in 3 scans ("Pages Select" to view each) is the remittance of 2 pounds, 10 shillings for American postage from Trafalgar Postmaster Alexander Proudfoot to the Queenston Postmaster, Alexander Hamilton. This is the earliest item from the Trafalgar Post Office in the collection of Mr. David Hobden. Mr. Hobden explains that when people in Trafalgar Township picked up collect mail sent from the United States, the local postmaster had to remunerate the Canadian exchange office for the U.S. portion of the postage, as the exchange office had already paid it out. Because postmasters had free mailing privileges (supposedly only for post office business), the letter is not charged the 4 1/2 pence rate for 0-60 miles, and is marked "Free" and initialled "AP". In the upper left corner, a faint Trafalgar post office cancel is in red. Later cancels of this type were in black.
Mr. Hobden notes that neither Trafalgar Township post office, although opened in 1822 and 1824, had cancelling devices until about 1830. The cancelling device was an accountability measure for the post office to note the length of time it took for mail delivery. It was supposed to be stamped on the face and dated from the sending office and stamped likewise on the back at every sorting office (transit point) and finally, at point of receipt. As seen in this example, it wasn't always done.
- "The Trafalgar Post office was opened in 1822 at 9th line in the store kept by Henry Proudfoot. It was the first post office in Halton County and the only post office between York and Dundas. The office was later moved to Post's Corners with the opening of 7th line (Trafalgar Rd. ) to the north. It was located on the north west corner of Trafalgar and Dundas and was purchased by James Applebe. In 1833 the mail was delivered along the Lakeshore and a Duncan McColl was the post-boy on horseback who for years carried the mail up to Post's Corners Post Office. In about 1908 Jim Curry of Milton started a rural mail service and delivered to people's homes." Trafalgar Township Historical Society, Early Ward 5 History.
For more information on the early post offices of the area, David Hobden refers us to several articles in the newsletter of The British North America Philatelic Society, BNA Topics. The October 1963 issue, page 233, Early Post Offices of the Brampton-Georgetown Area. August 1966, page 171, Postal Service in the Early Days in Peel and Halton Counties. April 1963, page 96, Early Post Offices of the Oakville Burlington Areas. A link to all issues of BNA Topics is provided in this record.
A. Hamilton, Esq.
PO Trafalgar 16 August 1832
Sir, enclosed is L2.10s for American postage, dep to the ? ? the 5th July-
I am Sir
A. Hamilton Esq.
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- 16 Aug 1832
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- Alexander Proudfoot
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- Trafalgar Post Office
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- Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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- August 16, 1832 American Postage Remittance
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton