1871, money package forwarded by American Merchants Union Express Company Woodstock Ontario red stamp on envelope with waxseal to Brantford. The money package enclosing $220.00 was sent with specific instruction that the consignee should open the package at the end so as to preserve all the seals.
In 1850, Henry Wells, William Fargo and John Butterfield formed the American Express Company. In 1868, the company merged with Merchants Union Company to form the American Merchants Union Express Co. before the name later reverted to the American Express Co. which still trades to this day. A number of American Express companies established offices in Canada. Officially, they were not allowed to carry letters over Canadian Government post routes, but they could carry parcels and packages. They also transmitted cash under their own system of Money Packages.
The American Merchants Union Express Co set up its Canadian HQ in Brantford Ontario in 1871.