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Re: Addressing styles on 18th-century English letters

Cristina --
I have notes from NYC newspapers of the 1780s indicating that advertisers had begun to give an address with a house number in their ads.

The first one is:
LYON JONAS, FURRIER from LONDON, At the sign of the TIGER and MUFF, No. 21, Broad Street, opposite the Post-Office. . . . [with an illustration of the sign]
N-Y Gazette; and the W Mercury, December 10, 1781, p. 4, col. ?

Re: Addressing styles on 18th-century English letters

Greetings Cristina,

I can only offer solid information on house numbers in Philadelphia in the eighteenth (and nineteenth) century. Uniform house numbering did not go into effect until the mid-19th there.

The British Library has a (seemingly) endless supply of letters in their manuscript collections. Most of the writers I've seen from c18 (thousands of them) used the following on the cover fold (there was not usually an envelope):

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