San Francisco 1 Dec. 40.
Orange red cds with integral rate on folded printed sheet, "THE HONOLULU LETTER SHEET PRICE CURRENT And Review of the Market. HONOLULU, Hawaiian Islands, October 1, 1850"
as issued by Crabb & Spalding and supplemented by a updated handwritten list
- with notes on cargo and destination - of twelve whalers and thirteen merchant ships then in port. The endorsement, "Pr Steamer via Panama"
indicates this went aboard one of the twice-monthly contract steamers which usually left on the 1st or the 16th of the month, or if that date fell on a Sunday, a day earlier. This cover, postmarked Sunday December 1st, presents a curious date anomaly, particularly when compared with the cover in the following lot, datestamped the previous day - Saturday November 30th, the customary sailing day; Fine and scarce, very desirable with the manuscript supplement of the market review, ex Ostheimer III
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