Monday, June 20, 2016

Rev. Duncan H. Selph, 1869 Envelope

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

The world is full of kind, wonderful people. John Poss is one of them. Last summer John contacted me. He is a collector of postal memorabilia, and he was thinning his collection. He had in his possession an envelope addressed by Rev. D.H. Selph that was postmarked 28 August 1869, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. John ran a google search to see if he could find out anything about Rev. D.H. Selph and found my blog. He contacted me and asked if I would like to have it. Needless to say, he did not have to ask twice.

The envelope is addressed by Rev. D.H. Selph, but the notation along the side with his name and date was probably written by the recipient. On the back flap is a notation for "3.00." My guess is that either Rev. D.H. Selph was paying a bill or requesting payment of a bill. This letter may have been filed vertically in some sort of billing system that allowed the recipient to see the notation.

The one thing that this sweet little envelope does is place Rev. Duncan Hyder Selph in Murfreesboro as of the latter part of August, 1869. One more piece to add to my timeline on him.

Rev. D.H. Selph
of Murfreesboro, Ten.  to Nashville, Ten.
28 August 1869
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Back of Envelope
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Thank you, John, for your generosity. I've finally mastered using my new computer and scanner.


  1. Kathy - Caught up to this post today and had to smile. I remember this artifact and am so pleased it found its way home to you. Take care and hope to talk again............ John Poss

    1. John - I am very pleased with this turn of events as well! So glad to know you are still out there. I'm guessing that you are still collecting.


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