Stampless Letter Springfield, IL to Hennipen, IL Paid 3

Offered is a useful stampless cover sent from Springfield, IL, Sangamon Co., on 23 February, C.1850's. Cover sent to Hennepin, Putnam Co., IL. Cover has MS "Paid" at upper left front and a circular "Paid 3" handstamp at upper right front. Cover has some edge and corner wear as is common with such flimsy yellow/orange envelopes of the period. There is a slight tear at lower left front edge. The Springfield hand stamp cancel is fairly well struck as is the circular "Paid 3". Overall appearance of cover is fine.

Cover comes from a collection of stampless material that has not seen the day of light for many years. Based on notation on back of envelope, previous owner appears to have paid $25.