According to the records of Messrs. De La Rue & Co., the Colonial Secretary requested on October 22nd, 1896, that the Crown Agents and printers prepare a new value, 5d., in a new design. The denomination was intended for double rate letters to Great Britain and the United States, and for “Late Fee” letters to the latter country. The printers prepared two essays for Key-type production, using as the central design the badge of Bermuda, taken from woodcuts provided by the Crown Agents. The plan for a 5d. stamp was, however, abandoned, but after the death of Queen Victoria, the second of the two essays was approved on August 8th, 1901 (the approval received on September 3rd, 1901, by the printers), for 1d. stamps and ¼d. newspaper wrappers, with instruc¬tions to proceed with the manufacture of plates. On December 19th, 1901, it was decided to extend the use of the same design to other values, to be introduced as and when each was required.