(New Republic/ Transvaal) 1888 (18 Aug) envelope registered to Bordeaux bearing 2d. (4 Jan 87) on granite paper without embossed Arms, in combination with Transvaal 1883 re-issue 1d. (3), 1885 6d. blue, 1885 ½d. on 1s. green and 1887 2d. n 3d. mauve (, one damaged), all tied by oval VRYHEID date stamp in violet with year error ‘87’, red manuscript registration number, London and Calais to Paris cds, with on reverse, Dundee Durban and arrival cancels, the envelope with large part cut away on reverse. This letter was posted less than a month after the New Reublic became part of the Trnsvaal. Transvaal postage stamps wre already available in Vryheid. The postage rate to France from the Transvaal was 9½d. via the Cape Colony and 7½d. via Natal. The registration fee was 4d. The 2d New Republic internal charge should no longer have applied, but was nevertheless paid by the sender. From the transit marks this letter followed the more convenient and cheaper route through Natal and is thus 4d overpaid.
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