Blue Scott’s Ferry, Va
Blue Scott’s Ferry, Va, present day Scottsville, cancel dated July 16, 1842 and rated manuscript 12 ½ with additional ‘Way’ 6 ¼ for a total of 18 ¾ postage due from the recipient. This is from the stampless period, so named because the United States Post Office Department would not issue their own stamps until 1847. Mail could be sent due or paid in the early years of the Post Office Department. This is considered a Way Cover as it was picked up “along the way” and dropped in the nearest Post office. Since Scott Ferry was a port on the James River and Kanawha Canal, this missive was most likely put on board a packet boat and delivered to Scott Ferry for posting where the captain received the 6 ¼ cent way fee.