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Prices have been brought up to date, and are for stamps in 'average' condition.  
The currency is now selectable, the default is British Currency (£).
  I have revised Hiscocks' original listing, though leaving references to the original designations. 
The new designations have 'RH' numbers (Revised Hiscocks) to avoid confusion.
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The United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Company Limited.

Established July 1860.

The stamps were unusual in that they were recess printed by De La Rue (except H15) and comb perforated by Somerset House.
This makes them higher quality than most of the other private telegraph companies, a possible exception being
The South Eastern Railway engraved by Whiting, but let down by most of the perforating.
They were also unique in using control numbers, but having no place in the design reserved for them.

 

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December 1861   Perf.15½ x 15

The first stamps (late 1861) were in a vertical format with values of 3d brown-ochre, 6d rose and 1s lilac.
Initially they were issued and used without control numbers.

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 3d United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 6d United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s
3d - RH1a (no control) 6d - RH2a (no control) 1s blued - RH4a (no control)
Images courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson

 

Die proofs of the Shilling value were ready by 9th Septenber 1861, ready for the first delivery 12th December 1861.

 

Proofs and a Specimen, courtesy of Steve Lawrie.

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs
United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs  United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs
United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs  United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs

 

UKET - vertical UKET - vertical UKET - vertical
Supposedly, the 3d without controls were only in brown-ochre, and the ones with controls were in yellow.
The one on the right looks pretty much like yellow to me - courtesy of Steve Lawrie (scanned together).

 

Later Control Numbers were added.

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 6d United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s
6d - RH2 1s - RH3 1s - RH3 (Specimen)
Images courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson

 

UKET - vertical UKET - vertical 78276
6d courtesy of Steve Lawrie showing the numbering direction. The highest 6d number known from Langmead & Huggins
(colour plate 2), courtesy of the Great Britain Philatelic Society

 

UKET - vertical
A used Shilling stamp on piece with an altered control number ! (courtesy of Steve Lawrie).

 

Black Controls: Perf.15½ x 15.

RH # Hisc. Desc. Rarity Mint *Used
RH1 H1 3d yellow R4 350.00 -
RH1a H1a 3d yellow - without control R4 250.00 350.00
RH1b H1a 3d brown-ochre - without control R4 250.00 350.00
RH2 H2 6d rose R4 150.00 -
RH2a H2a 6d rose - without control R4 250.00 -
RH3 H3 1s lilac R4 160.00 -
RH3a   1s lilac - without control R3 250.00 -
RH4 H4 1s lilac on blued paper R4 120.00 300.00
RH4a H4a 1s lilac, blued - without control R4 150.00 250.00

*Used prices quoted are for stamps with the 'UTK' cancel.

It is strange here that Hiscocks list all the ones without control as more expensive, except he does not list H3 without control, which L&H say is the commonest!

Look here for an explanation of the table.

 

July 1864 (6d, 1s)     September 1865 (3d, 1s6d, 2s)   Perf.15 x 15½

New series in a similar horizontal format.

The low pricing of the company caused fierce competion with larger companies causing poor profits.
They increased their tariffs in 1865 and brought out the stamps shown below:

Proofs and a Specimens, courtesy of Steve Lawrie.

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs  United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs
United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs  United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Proofs

UKET Specimen  UKET Specimen  UKET Specimen
UKET Specimen  UKET Specimen

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 3d United Kingdom Electric Telegraph RH5 United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 6d
3d - 3¼mm control   - RH5a 3d - 4mm control   - RH5 6d - 4mm control   - RH6

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s original United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s redrawn United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s
1s - 4mm control Original background   - RH7 1s - 4mm control Redrawn background, blued   - RH8 1s - small control  RH7b -   Previously unlisted,
courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s6d United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s6d
1s6d - 4mm control   - RH9 1s6d - 3¼mm control   - RH9a

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 2s United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 2s
2s - 4mm (low) control, blued paper, courtesy Dr Mark Gibson 2s - 4mm control (slight doubling)   - RH10

These were in values 3d, 6d, 1s, 1s6d and 2s, on white or blued paper with 4mm high control numbers.
In addition the 3d and 1s6d are also known with 3¼mm high controls.

 

Black Controls: Perf.15 x 15½.
Large (approximately 4mm high) controls unless otherwise stated.

RH # Hisc. Desc. Rarity Mint *Used
RH5 H5 3d orange-yellow R2 25.00 90.00
RH5a H5a 3d orange-yellow (3¼mm) R1 15.00 80.00
RH6 H6 6d rose R1 12.00 80.00
RH6a   6d rose on blued paper R2 25.00 90.00
RH7 H7 1s lilac R1 30.00 80.00
RH7a   1s lilac on blued paper R2 50.00 90.00
RH7b   1s lilac - small control Unlisted 200.00 -
RH15 H15 1s lilac. As H7 but Litho * Unlisted - -
RH8 H8 1s lilac redrawn background R3 75.00 125.00
RH8a   1s lilac redrawn on blued paper R2 50.00 90.00
RH9 H9 1s6d green R2 40.00 80.00
RH9a H9a 1s6d green (3½mm) R2 30.00 100.00
RH9b   1s6d green on blued paper R2 - -
RH9c   1s6d green, blued (3½mm) R2 - -
RH10 H10 2s brown R1 20.00 80.00
RH10a   2s brown on blued paper Unlisted 80.00 -

*Used prices quoted are for stamps with the 'UTK' cancel.

*   Philbrick & Westoby (1881) say of this (page 339) :
"We have also seen copies of the one shilling, for which doubtless the demand was far greater than for the other values,
which are apparently lithographed from a transfer from the original plate. Though printed in the same colour as the type-printed copies,
they are readily distinguishable from the latter by the blurred background, and by the paper not having the glaze upon it as those previously described.
They were probably manufactured by another firm than that of Messrs. De La Rue and Co."

Philbrick & Westoby make no reference to a "Background redrawn" type that Hiscocks and Langmead & Huggins refer to.
Raymond Lister (1961) makes no reference to a lithographed type, but does describe the "Background redrawn" type.
I think that the two writers are refering to the same thing with different labels.
Hiscocks (1982) includes both, but prices the 'lithographed' type very high, not having seen one!
Langmead & Huggins follow Lister, probably having come to the same conclusion.

See below for as illustration of the 1s redrawn background.

Hiscocks describes this as Perf 15, no doubt copied from Philbrick & Westoby who described all these as Perf.15
The perforation of all these stamps is about 15.2 x 15.5

 

For the 1s6d value, the change from large controls to small took place somewhere between 348780 and 412693.

I have not seen much in the way of flaws on these to use for plating purposes, but
the 1s6d green above has a notable frame-break lower left under the second 'N' of 'UNINSURED' (2nd stamp, bottom row).

Control sizes.

The large controls are normally quoted as 4mm high. Raymond Lister (1961) and L&H (2003) give 3½mm as the height of the small controls,
while Hiscocks (1982) says 3¼mm. In truth there is some variability. The control numbers appear to have been applied by hand and some (particularly 2s stamps)
show signs of doubling, presumably due to the handstamp bouncing on impact, which leads to a higher measurement for control heights, sometimes more on one side than the other.
Small is thus generally 3¼mm to 3½mm and large 4mm to 4½mm. The 'INT' overprint (see below) also measures about 4mm.
When judging visually, it may be hard to tell the height on an individual stamp. One tip here is to look at the width rather than height.

UKET-Control-sizes UKET-Control-sizes
For 6-digit control numbers (most of them), the small control should just about be able to fit within the frame, but the large control is much too wide.
Make some allowance if the number has a '1' at the beginning or end, or if the control has less than 6 digits. Last image courtesy of Steve Lawrie.

UKET-Control-types  UKET-Control-types  UKET-Control-types
The earlier ones seem to have a different style of control than the later ones. The left is the lowest 6d number I have seen, the right is the highest.
Images courtesy of Steve Lawrie.

 

 

1863 - 'INT'

In the early days of the new format, the company was suffering financially and couldn't pay dividends.
Instead they provided Telegraph stamps in lieu to their shareholders. These are overprinted 'INT' for 'Interest'.
The letters of 'INT' can have wide (9mm across top) or close spacing (7½ to 8mm across top).
I think the wide spacing came later, but it looks the other way around on the 1s because the maximum count was reached and the numbering restarted.
The 1s one below is Control 112159.

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph wide and close INT
A comparison of the 'wide' and 'close' INT.

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 3d H11 United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 3d INT United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 3d INT
3d - 3½mm control   'Close INT'  RH11
(courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson)
3d - 3mm control   'Close INT'  RH11a
(courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson)
3d - 3mm control   'Wide INT'  RH11b

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 6d INT United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 6d INT
6d - 4mm control   'Close INT'  RH12 6d - 4mm control   'Wide INT' (blued)  RH12b
(courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson)

Large controls (approximatetely 4mm) high with 'close INT' (7½ to 8mm) unless otherwise stated.   Perf.15 x 15½.

RH # Hisc. Desc. Rarity Mint *Used
RH11 H11 3d orange-yellow R3 25.00 80.00
RH11a H11a 3d orange-yellow (3½mm) R3 35.00 100.00
RH11b H11b 3d orange-yellow (3½mm), wide 'INT' R3 60.00 -
RH12 H12 6d rose on white paper Unlisted 15.00 60.00
RH12a   6d rose on blued paper R2 25.00 90.00
RH12b H12a 6d rose 'INT' double Unlisted - -
RH12c H12b 6d rose, wide 'INT' R2 35.00 100.00
RH13 H13 1s lilac on white paper R2 20.00 60.00
RH13c   1s lilac on blued paper R2 25.00 80.00
RH13b   1s lilac on white paper, wide 'INT' R2 - -
RH13a H13a 1s lilac (3½mm) Unlisted 50.00 -
RH14 H14 1s lilac redrawn background R2 (blued) 30.00 100.00
RH14a H14a 1s lilac redrawn, wide 'INT' R2 (blued) 35.00 120.00
RH14b   1s lilac redrawn background (3½mm) R2 (blued ?) 50.00 -

*Used prices quoted are for stamps with the 'UTK' cancel.

Blued paper ?

There are clearly differences of opinion here.
Hiscocks does not differentiate between blued and white paper here, L&H does but assigns them the same rarity.
Hiscocks says there is a single 1s value with small control and it has the original background.
L&H say it has an original background in the text, but redrawn background (on blued paper) in the rarity guide.

Dr Mark Gibson has supplied a 1s stamp with small control shown above, it has a redrawn background but does not look very blued to me.

Does anyone have 1s 'INT' with small control and the original background ?

I have to say H12 definitely exists, I illustrate one.
I have also seen 2s stamps that definitely show signs of bluing. Is that significant?
L&H say ALL the 1s stamps with a redrawn background are on blued paper, so perhaps it is.
UKET paper colour
Here are two stamps from the same scan of some of Steve Lawrie's stamps. Did they once fit together? What colour was the paper?

 

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s INT original
This block (courtesy Mike-Holt.com) demonstrates the comb perforation, and the control numbering scheme. There were 12 rows of 10 stamps in the sheet.
It also demonstrates that they exist on white paper, contrary to what L & H would have us believe.

These are 6d rose with the large control and the 'Close INT' overprint. According to Langmead & Huggins, they only exists on blued paper.
Hiscocks makes no mention of it being blued.
I know bluing can sometimes be in the eye of the beholder, but if this is considered blued paper then I don't think I have any stamps on white paper!

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 6d INT paper
L & H do not list this 6d on white paper (RH12). Here is a selection courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson that I have rearranged into Control number sequence and inserted mine.
It can be seen that the erlier ones were blued, but not the later ones. My one with the black outline adjoins the block shown above.

Sheet position calculator.

Enter a Control number to check          

Sheet (1+)Row (1->12) Column (1->10)
   
Controls for sheet:

 

Redrawn 1/-

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s INT original United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s INT redrawn, small control
1s - 4mm control Original background  RH13 1s - mm control Redrawn background   RH14b
These 2 images courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s INT redrawn, low control United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s INT redrawn, high control
1s - 4mm (low) control Redrawn background, blued  RH14 1s - 4mm (high) control Redrawn background, blued  RH14
Image courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson Image courtesy Mike-Holt.com

This shows that bluing (to some extent) can occur on both low and high control numbers. The numbers probably reset at 999,999

 

Redrawn background to the 1s value.

At some stage, the background to the 1s value changed. It is normally described as 'redrawn', but according to Langmead & Huggins,
De La Rue (who made the plates) make no mention in their records of any alterations.

Personally I don't find Figs.45 and 46 on page 32 as good as they could be.
The background on the original 1s is fairly regular, whist the new 1s type looks fairly random.
Also the redrawn ones are generally paler and redder in colour.
Images courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s Backgrounds
Raymond Lister (1961) adds the useful comment:
"The redrawn background may be recognised by the fact that the horizontal lines forming part of it are joined together here and there
by small vertical lines. In the original background these vertical lines are missing, so that one could, so to speak, move from left to right without crossing a line."

 

 

De La Rue Books for UKET printing
According to Langmead & Huggins, printings of this Shilling stamp were:
18 July 1864    -   227520
30 April 1865   -   446640
31 January 1868   -   387840 (1616 sheets of 240)

Since 1861, including the vertical format, they had been getting supplies every year.
They did not get any in 1866 and their 6-monthly bonds were due to be paid in stamps by the end of December 1867.
This snippit from the De La Rue books (courtesy of Steve Lawrie) show that of the 1616 sheets mentioned by L&H, 91 sheets were delivered early on 20 December 1867.

This suggests to me a bit of an emergency, perhaps the most likely time to find an alternate source of One Shilling stamps.

 

 

 

Seen:   (listed by Control Number)

Since I cannot see every stamp they ever printed, I will try to show ranges based on examples seen and the
assumption that all stamps on the same sheet were of the same type.
I hope to match-up the alternating normal and 'INT' stamps with the twice-yearly issue of bonds on 30 June and 31 December. This will help in the dating process.

3d
12/9/65
Controls numbersrangecontrolINTpaperUKET
#
L&H Rarity
 3948 1largeclosewhite11R3
 43685, 44623 939 large-white5R2
 46149, 46160, 60652, 75202 29054 largeclosewhite11R3
  77161-77280, 100427, 111241-111360, 125985, 136784, 136794 59634 large-white5R2
  139441-139680, 155881-156000 16560 smallclosewhite11aR3
  159721-159840 120 smallwidewhite11bR3
  164025, 174042, 174610, 175321-175440, 190552, 193921-194160, 196081-196440, 199561-199680, 232561-232800, 233761-233880, 235780, 235801-235920, 235949 71925 small-white5aR1
6d
18/7/64
Controls numbers range control INT paper UKET
#
L&H Rarity
  91822, 103906, 110667, 128182, 217375 125553 large - blued 6a R2
  227041-227160, 233041-233160, 253191 26151 large close blued 12a R2
  273813, 273950 137 large - blued 6a R2
  283551, 285121-285360, 289586-289587, 291421, 291598 8047 large close blued 12a R2
  299095 1 large - blued 6a R2
  325472, 327276 1804 large close blued 12a R2
  336470 1 large - blued 6a R2
  336479 1 large close blued 12a R2
  353344 1 large - blued 6a R2
  369883, 373081-373200, 374290, 375916, 381338 11456 large close blued 12a R2
  412365, 412377, 412384, 412385 21 large - white 6 R1
  420361-420480, 422263 1903 large close white 12 NL
  433225, 451370, 453693 20469 large - white 6 R1
  466081-466200, 472921-477600 (11 stamps), 478890 12810 large close white 12 NL
  490861 1 large - white 6 R1
  519653, 529297, 529687, 534120 14468 large close white 12 NL
  541229 1 large - white 6 R1
  552001-552120 120 large wide blued 12c R2
  564961-565080, 566014, 566144 1184 large wide white 12c R2
  589921-590160, 593296, 593281-593400, 594003
629698, 636044, 638161-638280, 638921, 641521-641640, 643321-643440, 661201- 661320, 661332, 661356, 661389, 661401, 661415
71481 large - white 6 R1
1s
18/7/64
Controls numbersrangeR/OcontrolINTpaperUKET
#
L&H Rarity
  38084, 38091, 48228, 49490, 50541 12458 Rlargecloseblued14R2
 75095, 75101120Rlarge-blued8aR2
 81961-82080 120 ?large-white?7/8R1-R3
  93384, 105814, 112159, 113881-114000 20617 Rlargewideblued14aR2
 140841, 141481-141600 760 Rlarge-blued8aR2
  159841-160758 917 Rlarge-white8R3
 231311, 233166, 249079, 317786, 317801,
322390, 381375, 389355
431145 483961-484080, 508001, 516873
285563 Olarge-white7R1
 556201-556320, 587758, 600121-600240 44040 Olargeclosewhite13R2
 633401120Rlarge-white8R3
  649824, 655681-655811, 658870 9047 Olargeclosewhite13R2
 659281-659400 120 Olargecloseblued13cR2
 661801-661920 120 Olargeclosewhite13R2
 665757120?largeclosewhite13?R2
 676378, 681958 (used), 699429 23052 Olarge-white7R1
 726048120Olargeclosewhite13R2
 752161-752280 120 Olarge-white7R1
 832859, 843017, 846764, 847356, 848029 15171 Osmallclosewhite13aNL
 877681-877800 120 Osmall-white7bNL
 904614120Rsmallcloseblued14bR2
 908201120Osmallclosewhite13aNL
 937930120Olarge-white7R1
 964441-964560, 968407, 973450, 978235, 980761-980880 16440 Rlargecloseblued14R2
 981836120Olargeclosewhite13R2
  999844, 999853 (this sheet spans 999841-999960) 120Rlarge - blued 8a R2
1s 6d
12/9/65
Controls numbersrangecontrolpaperUKET
#
L&H Rarity
  60235, 74841, 89946, 93855, 93869 33634 largewhite9R2
  218467, 230104, 246841-246960 28493 smallwhite9aR2
  347874-348791 (36 stamps), 349520, 349522 1649 largewhite9R2
  398521-398640, 402829, 402841, 412693, 413197, 413871
416041-416160, 419761-420000
21480 smallwhite9aR2
2s
12/9/65
Controls numbersrangecontrolpaperUKET
#
L&H Rarity
 178761largeblued10aNL
  59761-59880, 60110, 72001-72240, 72649, 72675, 121913,
126413, 143521-143640, 143952-154074
94313 largewhite10R1

It has to be said that some of the bluing is very slight. I agree with L & H that the 1s stamps reached the maximum count and re-started.
I have not seen any 1/6d stamps with blued paper, though on some the paper is less cream. L&H rate blued and white paper as equal scarcity.
The 'R/O' column on the shilling stamps indicates Re-drawn or Original background.
'NL' in the 'L&H Rarity' column indicates that it is not listed.

The alternating Normal/INT pattern can be seen clearly on the 6d. It is more confused with the 1s value for 3 reasons.
The control numbers reached the maximum count and started again, the bluing is rather subjective and may be mis-reported, and it is not always clear from scans
whether the stamp is re-drawn or not.
There must be quite a few INT issues that are not represented in this list yet.

 

 

Blocks:

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 3d block United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 6d block
3d (small controls) this seems to have had two control numbers changed,
though strangely the new numbers look the same as the old numbers.
Courtesy of Steve Lawrie.
6d large controls with 'close INT'.
Courtesy of Steve Lawrie.

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s INT original block




The control numbers and 'INT'
were applied by hand rather haphazardly.




United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s INT redrawn block
1s with original background. (courtesy Mike-Holt.com 1s with redrawn background. (courtesy Steve Lawrie)

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 2s block United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s INT original block
These blocks (courtesy Mike-Holt.com) demonstrate in their numbering, that the small controls may be later than the large.
I have seen no evidence of controls higher than 420000 on these.

 

United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 2s block
Two Shilling block with large control (courtesy Mike-Holt.com) demonstrates with haphazard arrangement, that the control numbering was done by hand.

 

 

Cancels.

According to Steve Hiscocks, the De la Rue archives refer to the production of 6 of these brass obliterators with wooden handles,
complete with mahogany boxes and inking pads on 10 December 1861.

Here are some examples of the cancel used.

Used United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s Used United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s Used United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 1s6d Used United Kingdom Electric Telegraph 3d
RH4a used with black cancel and signature. RH7 used with blue-black cancel. RH10 used with blue-black cancel. RH11a used with blue-black cancel.
Courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson. Source: Andrew Higson. Images courtesy of Steve Lawrie.

 

Note, there are many variations of shades of ink and paper, personally I think the only thing worth paying a premium for on this issue is good centering!

 

On the subject of shades,
fugitive ink test
Acording to L & H, since the 3d plate had little use, it was used by De La Rue after the Post Office takeover
to produce samples of their single and doubly fugitive inks. These are known in 6 colours.
According to Stanley Gibbons, this was for tendering for overseas business.
(Image: Dr Mark Gibson)

 

The two images below, courtesy of Steve Lawrie, show that they were also used to produce colour samples.
UKET used for colour sample
half scale.


UKET used for colour sample

 

Stationery.

An envelope used for delivery 2nd July 1866 (4d plate 8 & 1d plate 91), courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.
United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Delivery envelope - Front
United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Delivery envelope - Back
United Kingdom Electric Telegraph Delivery envelope - Seal

This mark has been stamped on a list of offices which heads the Telegrams of 1855 and after (see below).
Receipt stamp? for Sheffield.
It perhaps is intended to indicate that the form was received at Sheffield
Courtesy of Mark Talbot, bought from Steven Allen off ebay.


Below is an interesting series of Telegrams, courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson:

This one dated November 1864 lists 'Stations now open' giving 6 in London and 16 throughout the rest of the country.
1864 UKET Telegram.

This next dated September 1865 proclaims the UK Electric Telegraph Company as 'Promoters of the Uniform Shilling Charge for Telegrams, irrespective of distance.'
This stance was unpopular with its' competitors who matched them in competitive areas while continuing with higher rates elsewhere.
It lists now only 'Chief Stations now open' and has 8 in London, with 32 elsewhere.
1865 UKET Telegram.

The next is dated April 1866. The list of Stations is the same, but the claim is now 'Promoters of Cheap Telegrams.' A move towards compromise.
1866 UKET Telegram.

Here is a receipt for 1/6d dated April 1866. It still has the 1865 slogan, but clearly is not meeting its' targets.
1866 Receipt.

All the forms above are courtesy of Dr Mark Gibson.


Here are some later items courtesy of Steve Lawrie.
1868 UKET Envelope.
Delivery form dated 22nd August 1868, with handstamp (presumably the makers) of H.T.Cooke & Son, Warwick.


1869 UKET Telegram.
Another Telegram dated July 8th 1869, now with 4 columns of Chief Stations and no reference to Uniform or Cheap prices.

 

 

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