GB ‘Free’ letter from HM Ship 1838


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Letter written on board HMS Hastings en route for Gibraltar “100 miles N of Lisbon, just met a schooner bound for Falmouth, by whom I send this”; single ring (morning) crowned FREE 26 October 1838; b/s Windsor 25 October 1838; very rare use of Free Frank service from the Navy; signed J.S Whealley (Treasurer and Master of the Horses Dept) to Lady Emily Harding