Monsignor Thomas John Capel, 1836 – 1911

October 28, 1836: In Ireland, John Chapel and his wife gave birth to Monsignor Thomas John Capel, the controversial Catholic cleric who in a show of ecumenism that was unusual in the 19th century addressed the Young Men’s Hebrew Association at Chickering Hall on November 12, 1884.

Capel’s birth certificate indicates he was born in Ramsgate Kent, England, which is believed to be a documentation error.

Today’s philatelic artifacts include covers from Ramsgate Kent (1910) and Boston, Massachusetts (1895) – the location of Chickering Hall.  The cover from England, with a hand-drawn cachet depicting an Irishman,  is particularly interesting as it relates to Capel’s birthplace.

ramsgate kent cover with irishman - 1910

boston mass cover 1895


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