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Scott Number: R9c Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5665
Denomination/Type: 2c Express, blue, perforated
2023 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 0.40
Estimated Retail Value: $ 200.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Manuscript
Cancel Date: September 21, 1863
Cancel or Company Type: Law firm or Federal, State, or Local Government Entity
Company: Marcus L. Ward
State: New Jersey
Check with very interesting red 'SOLDIERS PAY' handstamp. Marcus L. Ward, later governor of the state of New Jersey, per Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Lawrence_Ward) Ward devised and managed one of the first systems in New Jersey for enabling soldiers to set aside monthly allotments of their pay for delivery to their families and gained the nickname “the soldiers' friend.” It is conceivable that this document is from that effort.
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