Start of stamped mail

The first person to send a stamped letter was Thomas Moore Musgrave, the postmaster of Bath. He put a 2 May 1840 postmark on a letter bearing a Penny Black (before the official launch on 6 May) and sent it off to an address in Peckham. The scrap of paper bearing the stamp and postmarks was auctioned for more than £50,000 in 1990.