Single sheet, folded to 26 cm., two leaves. One page of text, approx. 180 words, addressed on verso of second leaf. Old fold lines, else very good, legible. D.B. Jones reported to W.B. Bascomb that the mail service for Cuttingsville was scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays, with returns the following days. It "leaves this place after the arrival of the Northern mail and returns before the Eastern which enables you to get your communications as soon as by any other arrangements that can be made unless the mail should be carried three times in a week which probably will not be without the offices on the Road will pay the expense of carrying it three times a week. What amt. is collected on the Road I do not know." Jones also says he doesn't object to having the mail run to Rutland instead of Cuttingsville if it can be carried for the same amount. A further note says the town's citizens chose Tuesdays and Fridays in order to get the most of their papers on Tuesdays. Item #66203
Cuttingsville was named for Charles Cutting who ran a sawmill in the area in about 1825. The town built up around it over the next several years. David B. Jones became post master there in about 1835. The small town of Tysons Furnace, near Plymouth, Vermont likewise sprang up around the iron furnace constructed there in the mid-1830s. Local development of turnpikes and post roads helped provide the infrastructure needed by the post offices to more regularly deliver mail. [see: "History of Rutland County, Vermont," by Henry P. Smith and Wm. S. Rann(D. Mason & Co.: 1886), pp. 809-11].