VA2674 CSA #1 Stone 1 (dry printing not plated) (4-Margin with a very tiny edge fault at the upper right corner) tied by the White Sulphur Springs, Va CDS 22 DEC (1861). White Sulphur Springs is in Greenbrier County which would later be incorporated into the Union State of West Virginia in 1863. Addressed to Mrs Mary E. Mauzy, (Care of) R(ichard) Mauzy, Esq, Staunton, Va. General issue stamps used in West Virginia are scarce. Very Fine.

The Mauzy Correspondence is well known and is the source of a number of West Virginia covers. Richard Mauzy was the editor and publisher of the Staunton Spectator (newspaper). On the back of the cover in pencil, which appears to be period, is a lengthy recipe for a mixture containing white wax, castor oil, and ammonia. A little research shows that these ingredients were common at that time in hair restorative preparations which were rubbed on the head. Cannot imagine that such a preparation would be successful.

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