CIRCA 1795 SOMERSET-'DATED HANDSTAMP BELIEVED APPLIED AT WELLINGTON TO MONITOR MAIL' (SO 470).Circa 1795 letter Taunton addressed 'To Mr Sutherton Aturney Nigh Wellington with speed' with fine strike of a local date stamp 'JY 9'. On reverse fine strike 'TAUNTON' horseshoe type hand stamp in black (SO 774). This local date stamp is nearly always found on mail addressed to Hancock of Wiveliscombe, who complained of poor delivery, hence introduction of this hand stamp. It was always believed this hand stamp was applied by Hancock at Wiveliscombe, but this cover, addressed to someone else proves this not to be so. Important proving cover. (Ref 66698).