ORANGE FREE STATE
Orange Free State
REPUBLICAN PERIOD  -  BRITISH OCCUPATION  -  POSTAL HISTORY
O560
POSTAL HISTORY 1872 (10th June), entire letter comprising reduced sheet of Hope Seated watermarked paper, folded to a small format and bearing a single Cape 4d rectangle (defective) tied by an unclear barred oval numeral canceller, the cover apparently having been privately carried to and posted in the Cape. Addressed ‘To the Postmaster General / Cape Town’. The message, from ‘W. Henry R. Bevan’ is headed ‘Thaba Nchu / Bloemfontein / June 10 1872’ and requests the forwarding of a letter. A manuscript notation reads ‘1 Letter forwarded 22.6.72 (initials)’. Cape Town (22 June) single circle datestamp on front. Scarce early mail from the OFS.
 
Note: William Henry Rawlinson Bevan (1840-1910) was a priest who moved from England to South Africa in 1869 for health reasons and settled in the OFS where he administered to the Tswana at Thaba Nchu. He later founded a mission at Pokwani and later out-stations over much of Bechuanaland. He was made a canon of Bloemfontein in 1891.
£325