FOUR 1840 1D BLACK COVERS RELATING TO ROBERT CRABTREE OF HALESWORTH INCLUDING FASCINATING LETTER AFTER THE POST MORTEM DESCRIBING CAUSE OF DEATH. Wrapper, several tone spots and without side flaps, used MAY 13TH 1840 Norwich to 'Mefsrs R and J Crabtree Solicitors Halesworth Suffolk' with fine 1d black pl.1A (SG2) lettered GE with four very close but clear to very fine margins, tied superb strike of Norwich Maltese Cross (not distinctive type) in red. Alongside light strike 'Brooke/Penny Post' hand stamp in black (NK47). On front ms '1' deleted. In October 1840 Robert Crabtree visited Kent, became ill and passed away, this second letter dated October 8th 1840 with a cut into 1d black pl.6 (SG2) lettered LG, is a remarkable one written by the physician who attended Robert and is written to 'John Crabtree Esqre Halesworth Suffolk' describing results of the post mortem, it appears Robert died October 6th due to a very large gall stone and kidney failure. Accompanied by two further covers dated 8th October and 13th October both to Crabtree in Halesworth expressing condolences, one with 3 margined 1d black pl.2 (SG2) lettered DD, the other a fine 4 margined pl.1B (SG2) lettered JH. A remarkable quartet, ex Tom Slemons gold medal exhibit. (Ref 118874).