"Honolulu Nov. 6, 1850."
Dateline on two-page folded letter to Ellis & Crosby of San Francisco from their representative in Oahu, discussing bills due, current prices on such merchanise as sperm candles, and the need for an assistant to travel to the other islands (one candidate, a Capt. Sherman, is dismissed as "a good sailor but when he touches land it is impossible to get him to attend to his business"
); clear "San Francisco Cal. 18 Dec." cds in orange red with matching "2"
handstamp for drop rate (though this should have received a 6c handstamp for port-of-entry rate), S.F. street address and endorsed, "pr. Spartacus."
On December 20, 1849, a treaty regulating the exchange of mails between the Kingdom of Hawaii and the U.S. was signed in Washington. It went into effect November 1850, beginning a new era for Hawaii's mail (Meyer-Harris "Second Period"). The first sailing under the treaty is believed to have been on November 7, 1850. This letter probably was in that mailing, datelined one day before the first known usage of the Honolulu straightline, Hawaii's first postal handstamp; vertical file creases, otherwise Very Fine, ex Ostheimer III
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