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I found a book,"Advice to Married Couple"...on binding,on front of book,No More Twain..inside first page,This Certifies That...Mr..Can't make out first name,H.Anderson of Boston and Mrs.Ellen K.Willis of Taunton,were unitied in Holy Wedlock,at Lakeville,Mass.on the 24th day of JuneA.D.1869,By me James W.Ward.On this page in upper right hand corner,Red stamp with George Washington pic,"5" in all 4 corners,andon top it says Internal Revenue,bottom,says Inl.looks like a" D" Exchange;intialsJWW..on stamp Jun 24/69..Book,The chiristian Minister's,Affectionate Advice to A Married Couple.by Rev.James Bean,A.M.Including a Letter from the Rev.Henry Venn,A.M. with Select Poems.Pulished by the American Tract Society,28 Cornhill,Boston. Would like to know more also if any value,thank you greatly Mary

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Mary Lancaster,

The stamp you describe is a revenue issue, specifically Scott number R27.  It was used between 1862 and 1871 to show that the federal tax was paid of whatever document to which is was affixed.  There were four versions of R27 issued: imperforate, partly perforated on two opposite sides only, fully perforated, and fully perforated on "silk" paper.  Fault-free, eye-appealing examples of these versions range in retail value from 60 cents to $17.50.  

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