Missent to Bath 1846

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Irish mourning envelope bearing imperforate penny red letter CH tied to cover by 1844 numeral '172' cancellation of Derry. On the reverse, the envelope received a circular 'DERRY' cancellation with double arcs on July 30th in green, a poor circular ‘PLYMOVTH’ cancellation with double arcs in black on August 1st on arrival in England, and then a London single ring receiver mark in red dated August 1st 1846.  The envelope was then sent to Bath and received there on August 2nd 1846 where the 'Missent to/Bath' handstamp was applied together with a ‘BATH’  cancellation with double arcs in black on the reverse, on August 2nd,  before continuing its journey to Eaststoke in Somerset where the envelope was addressed to the Honble Mrs Pomeroy. The positioning of backstamps received has  somewhat obscured some of the cancellations.


historical note:

The Honourable Mrs Pomeroy was the wife of John James Pomeroy, 5th Viscount Harberton.  He succeeded to the title 5th Baron Harberton of Carbery, co. Kildare on 4 July 1833. The couple were married in 1822 and she was Caroline Octavia, the daughter of Rev. Sir John Robinson, 1st Baronet. They had two daughters and three sons, two of whom died young before 1841. The family were believed to come originally from the Totnes area of Devon. The Pomeroy family were established in Cork towards the end of the 17th Century, when the grandfather of the 1st Viscount Harberton was Dean of Cork, and was succeeded in this post by his son, so there was a strong religious connection running through the family, but certainly no apparent  Jewish connections. The family home was  established in the 1760’s at Newbery Hall in Carbery.  In the Census of 1841, the family were in England, living at Cotswold House, Great Malvern, WOR. Caroline died at Brentford district in Middlesex in the second quarter of 1886 at the age of 85.


There is a message on the inside flap of the envelope which refers to Jewish intelligence but provides no other details.

Ex Emonet Collection