COVID Card #62

July 6, 2020 | 0 comments

Card 62 acknowledges Mary Katherine Goddard (1738-1816). Ms. Goddard was the second printer to print the Declaration of Independence and was the first to print it with the signatories (except Thomas McKean, who likely signed later). Mary Katherine’s printings, known as the Goddard Broadsides, were sent to each of the states as official record.

In addition to being a printer, Ms. Goddard was a bookseller and publisher. She was also the first postmaster of Baltimore and the first female postmaster in the colonies.

In December 1777, under threat of British attack, the Continental Congress moved from Philadelphia to Baltimore. Mary Katherine was responsible for all mail going into and coming out of congress while it was in Baltimore. She also printed many documents for the congress.

You can learn more about Mary Katherine Goddard here.

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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.

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