The Year of the River has enticed me to read more about Terre Haute’s early history in general, not just the river.
I came across information about postal service in Mother Theodore’s time. In view of the recent postage increase, I found the following quote interesting.
“In order to hasten the transfer of the mail, a pony express was established over the national road in the early forties. The mail was carried by boys riding swift ponies. They would gallop into town and announce their coming by blowing a horn. The postage on letters was very high in those days. The rate was based on the number of sheets and distance. No stamps were used. The postage might be paid at the mailing office but most often the one receiving the letter paid the postage. An early postmaster adopted the practice of delivering letters in his tall hat.” (no specific reference/author)
There are some letters in the Sisters of Providence Archives that are written both vertically and horizontally. The sample seen here is written on both sides and in both directions. This was a way to cut the cost of postage. Furthermore, it’s on very thin paper; so the writing from one side shows through on the other side.
Is there an eye doctor handy?