Stampless SN and RS Covers
The Royal Decree of January 12, 1853 was promulgated in Manila by Governor-General Antonio Urbiztondo y Eguia on December 7 of that same year in the circular "Circulares e Instrucciones Para el Arreglo del Poste de la Correspondencia de Estas Islas". The Decree directed the Governor-General to take the necessary steps for the manufacture and sale of stamps for domestic use in the Philippines. The following clauses are extracted from the Royal Decree detailing requirements for Official Mail:
Clause 7. Official correspondence will be conveyed free, and the covers will bear an impression of a handstamp in black, with or without the Arms, indicating from what official and from what province the packet emanates.
Clause 8. The official correspondence of the following officials will be mailed by using their respective stamps: the Superior Government and the General Seat of the Philippine Islands; their Excellencies Archbishops and Bishops; the Regent and Fiscal of the "Real Audiencia"; the General "Intendente" and Superintendent of Royal Finance; the Accounts of the Army and Finance and of the "Tribunal Mayor de Cuentas"; the general Administrators of "Rentas Estancadas y Tributos"; the Administrators of Sub-delegates in the Provinces; the general Commander of the Navy; the "Ministro Interventor del Apostadero"; the Sub-inspectors of all Arms; the General Commander of the "Resguardo"; the Commander of the Public Security; Army Health Consultant; the Mayor of the provinces, Governors, Lieutenant Governors and the District Commanders; the General Administration of Posts.
Clause 9. The superior chiefs of the dependencies will see to it that the proper authorities, officials and chiefs are furnished as son as possible with a supply of the above mentioned stamps as may be needed.
A number of Official stampless letters sent postage-free during the Spanish period also bear the manuscript letters S.N. (Servicio Nacional or National Service) and R.S. (Real Servicio or Royal Service) to indicate their official nature. These covers sometimes also bear a Handstamp from the originating Official or Government Agency.
Official Stampless Covers with S.N. Manuscript
Alcaldia Mayor de Manila Official Crown Cancellation
Tondo to Manila
ALG MOR Del Disto de Tondo Official Crown Cancellation
Manila 5 March 1874 Receiving Circular Date Stamp
Official Stampless Covers with R.S. Manuscript
Gobierno de Manila Official Crown Cancellation
4.0 Distrito P. y M. de Mindanao Official Crown Cancellation
Manila 27 July 1862 Receiving Small Baeza Circular Date Stamp
Mail Originating from the Provincial Governor of Manila
Bulacan to Manila
Bulacan Official Crown Cancellation
All Featured Covers are from the Collection of Pedro Hormillosa Ortiz
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Last Update: 12.03.2018