1842 1D IMPERF PLATE 27 (SG8) EARLIEST RECORDED DATE OF USE ON MAIL LONDON TO ESSEX. Fine letter from London to Rayleigh, Essex clearly dated October 20th with good 1d pl.27 (SG8) lettered EJ, touched at left otherwise good margins and tied fine strike London Maltese cross in black. On reverse London and INGATESTONE date stamps October 20th 1842. Statham records earliest recorded usage plate 27 as 28th October 1842. (Ref 53649).