The original letter is in the Perfin Society Library
The text of the letter is as follows:
SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON W.C.
27th June 1870
The Board of Inland Revenue have had before them your letter of the 23rd
instant, inquiring on behalf of Messrs. Huth & Co. relative to the plan
sanctioned by the Postmaster General for the perforation of postage stamps with
the names and initials of Firms, etc., and in reply, I am directed to state that the
Board will not object to the plan in question being extended to the perforation of
Foreign Bill Stamps and also to the one penny Inland Revenue stamps in the
manner pointed out in your letter.
It is to be distinctly understood, however, that the Queen's Head in the stamp is
to be left untouched by the operation.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
Marginal Note in pencil:
This has since been allowed inasmuch as it was considered more effectual &
beneficial to the Government --