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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2057°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2057, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters"Honolulu Oahu Feb. 24th 1837." Dateline on folded letter which also includes a printed note dated Jan. 1, 1837, from Mackintosh & Co. of Honolulu, to Boston, Mass, "Honolulu Oahu Feb. 24th 1837." Dateline on folded letter which also includes a printed note dated Jan. 1, 1837, from Mackintosh & Co. of Honolulu, to Boston, Mass"Honolulu Oahu Feb. 24th 1837." Dateline on folded letter which also includes a printed note dated Jan. 1, 1837, from Mackintosh & Co. of Honolulu, to Boston, Mass., endorsed "Pr Europa via. Val." The Europa headed for Valparaiso by way of Tahiti on March 17th; it did not go on to Baltimore, however, as shipping records show her back in Hawaiian waters on November 2, 1837. Red "Baltimore Md. Nov. 9" cds with matching "SHIP" handstamp, ms. "20-3/4" rate - 18-3/4c + 2c ship fee, Fine usage. What the arrangements were in Chile for transferring the mails to a U.S. bound vessel is not known, but this routing shows up between 1836 and 1840 with at least three or four vessels making the trip annually between Honolulu and Valparaiso

E. 500-600
800
2058°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2058, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling LettersHonolulu to France, July 25, 1837, Honolulu to France, July 25, 1837Honolulu to France, July 25, 1837. Folded letter to Lorient, France, with contents in French and given to Captain Fluery of L'Amanda, Bordeaux and Albi transit datestamps (February 14 and 17, 1838 respectively), boxed "PAYS D'OUTREMER" straightline, ms. "13" decimes re-rated to "15", small ink smear, otherwise Very Fine, a rare early example of Hawaiian mail to a country other than the United States. The writer notes he was to leave the day before for Kamchatka; sailing records show the French naval corvette LaVenus left Honolulu ("Onorourou") for Sitka on July 24, 1837

E. 3,000-4,000
5,000
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2059°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2059, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters"Onbord Flying Fish at Honulua Oct. 24th 1840, "Onbord Flying Fish at Honulua Oct. 24th 1840"Onbord Flying Fish at Honulua Oct. 24th 1840." Pencil note on back of folded cover to Robert Knox of the U.S. Navy, Charlestown, Mass., from his brother, blue "New Orleans La. Jan. 27" cds and matching "SHIP" handstamp with ms. "52" double rate - 25c per sheet + 2c ship fee, partial Vera Cruz backstamp dated December 22, indicating this went to Mazatlan, probably on the brig Harlequin which left Honolulu October 26. The U.S. Navy tender Flying Fish, under the command of Samuel Knox, was in Hawaii from September 19 to December 2, 1840 with the U.S. Exploring Expedition led by Commander Charles Wilkes; Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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2060°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2060, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters"T.W. Thompson & Co. Honolulu Oahu Sandwich Islands 10 March 1843, "T.W. Thompson & Co. Honolulu Oahu Sandwich Islands 10 March 1843"T.W. Thompson & Co. Honolulu Oahu Sandwich Islands 10 March 1843." Docketing on light green folded cover to New York, "Via Mexico", indicating a sailing to Mazatlan, then overland to Vera Cruz, though the absence of a marking from the latter port is somewhat unusual; light "New Orleans La. May 25" cds in blue with matching "SHIP" handstamp and ms. "52" rate - double the 25c rate for over 400 miles + 2c ship fee, Fine usage

E. 750-1,000
0
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2061°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2061, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling LettersFRANCO EN/VERACRUZ, FRANCO EN/VERACRUZFRANCO EN/VERACRUZ. Paid handstamp in two straightlines on back flap of four-page folded letter from Dr. Seth Andrews to his parents, datelined "Kailua Jan. 8, 1844". He reports the birth of his daughter Lucy Amelia ("a plump little thing weighing 7-1/2 lb. She has not cried any yet & promises to be a very good girl") and notes she is already suffering from a bowel complaint; slightly more than a year later she died. Address panel with blue "New Orleans La. Jun. 14" cds and matching "SHIP" handstamp, blue ms. "27" and endorsed "Via Mazatlan"; this appears to have left Mexico at the same time as Lot 2061, Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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2062°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2062, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters"Maui Sept. 5th 1844, "Maui Sept. 5th 1844"Maui Sept. 5th 1844." Dateline on folded letter to New London from an "unfortunate" whaler who has only "struck & taken six whales" thus far and is planning "to stay in this ocean until full"; sent via Mexico with "Franqueado Vera Cruz" cds on back, address leaf with blue "New Orleans La. Feb. 6" cds and matching "SHIP" handstamp, blue ms. "27" rate (25c for the over 400 miles rate + 2c ship captain's fee); old tape reinforcement at folds, Fine appearance, ex Ostheimer

E. 1,000-1,500
1,150
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2063°
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"Back of Woahoo Bar Oct. 25, 1845." Two-page folded letter from whaler Hiram Bailey to merchants Charles & Henry Coffin in Nantucket, regarding a shipment of whale bone leaving on the bark Alliath, a request "to draw on you for more money," etc. At the end of the letter he mentions seeing a former crew member "now on the Consuls hands," and notes, "it is something new to send Cripples round to the sandwich Islands to have them supported by government why not send them to the Poor house at home"; red "Fairhaven Mas. Apr. 13" cds and matching "SHIP" with magenta ms. "7", Fine

E. 300-400
425
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2064°
c
"Ship John Howland Sandwich Island Novbr 24th 1845." Dateline on folded letter to whaling merchants Swift & Allen of New Bedford, Mass., regarding quantities of sperm oil, money advanced, etc., endorsed "Per Ship Charles Frederick Allen" and rated "6" with no arrival date but a red "SHIP" handstamp, internal separations with tiny tear at top, Fine and scarce

E. 400-500
450
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2065°
c
"Brig. Henry At Sea April 16th 1846. Lat. 000 Long. 22 [degree symbol] 40' W." Dateline on four-page folded letter to Doylestown, Pa., from William L. Lee, future Chief Justice of Hawaii. Lee writes to a friend: "Well, we left Newburyport on the 23d Feby amid the cheers of thousands who wished us nothing but prosperity. The first three weeks of our voyage we encountered nothing but storm after storm...The old brig bounded and pitched like a wounded bison, and sicker than death we were cooped up in our narrow berths without the least hope of escape. For thirteen days we were knocking about in the wildest confusion without making a single knot on our course. The raging waves swept our deck continually and more than a thousand times we cried `Good God deliver us from the sea!' Our sufferings were intolerable, and every one except the Captain & crew vowed a sacred vow that if they ever planted feet on `terra firma' again, there they would remain." etc. Lee, along with his friend, Charles Reed Bishop, intended to settle in Oregon "for life," but subsequent events tell a different story (see lot) #; address panel with red "New-York 7cts Ship Jul. 14" cds - the cover was probably handed to a passing vessel, Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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2066°
c
"Honolulu S.I. Jany. 20th 1847." Dateline on four-page folded letter from William L. Lee to his friend W.H. Davis in Davisville, Pa. True to their vows, Lee and Charles Reed Bishop stayed on shore (see lot 2065) and changed the course of Hawaiian history. At this writing, five months after his arrival, Lee at the age of 26 had already been appointed a judge: "All things move smooth as oil and I am enjoying life in the highest degree. I expected the moment I took the office of judge and connected myself with this Government that the party in opposition to Govt. would open all their artillery upon me, but to my great surprise they have not only let me rest in peace, but have praised all my acts & judicial conduct in the most flattering manner. I can assure you I have never done anything to curry favor with any one, but pursued the even tenor of my way endeavoring to keep strictly within the path of my duty, turning neither to the right or the left." He also notes that Attorney General John Ricord wishes to resign and has offered him his post. Lee became Chief Justice in 1847 and before his death in 1857 he had written or re-written most of Hawaiian law. His friend Bishop married Pauahi, a granddaughter of Kamehameha, and founded the Bishop Estate, benefactor of Kamehameha Schools and one of the largest landholders in Hawaii today; address panel with red "New-York 7cts Ship Jul. 13" cds and endorsed "Per Ship Gen. Harrison" which went via China, Fine

E. 1,000-1,250
2,600
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2067°
c
"Honolulu April 22d 1847." Dateline on folded letter from C. Brewer & Co. to its early partner James Hunnewell in Boston, indicating enclosure of several copies of letters and various exchanges, making this a quadruple rate letter - four times the 5c rate for under 300 miles + 2c for ship captain's fee; red "Sag Harbor N.Y. May 2" cds and matching "SHIP" handstamp, Very Fine; this was originally intended for the Texian via Mexico but the 1848 arrival date shows it made the long trip around the Horn

E. 500-600
400
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2068°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2068, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters"sandwitch Islands, Wahoo, Sept. th 7, 1847, "sandwitch Islands, Wahoo, Sept. th 7, 1847"sandwitch Islands, Wahoo, Sept. th 7, 1847." Dateline on semi-literate folded letter to Mrs. Joseph S. Jane in Warren, R.I., from her whaler husband whose ship had sprung a leak "and came in hare [sic] and condemned her." Informing her he was now with the Mount Vernon out of Bath, Maine, he adds, "we shall eather go to the east Inges, or to some part of the united states I don't now wich, I shall right you again before I sail," etc.; neat red "New London Conn. Mar. 7" cds on face with matching "SHIP", ms. "7" rate, hinge reinforced at edges, Fine

E. 300-400
475
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2069°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2069, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters"Lahaina Sandwich I. Nov. 6/49, "Lahaina Sandwich I. Nov. 6/49"Lahaina Sandwich I. Nov. 6/49." Dateline on two-page folded letter from a whaler, Moses Grant, writing to his sister in Dover, N.Y.: "we shall be obliged to stay another year before I can think home and should we be successful I think that I shall leave the ship and try my luck at Gold mines of California," etc.; address leaf with clear "Stonington Jun 18 Conn." cds with matching Roman numeral "V" in circle, endorsed "Hellespont", light pencil "ford from Dover" though there is no indication of where this ended up. The absence of any indication of a 2c ship fee suggests this might have been carried to Stonington as a favor for a fellow whaler; two tiny tears at top, Fine

E. 500-600
450
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2070°
c
"Honolulu Nov. 18th 1849." Dateline on letter to Stephen Lathrop in Oswego, N.Y. from American consul Joel Turrill, who anticipates the arrival of the Montreal; original transmittal envelope with neatly struck "New Bedford ms. Apr. 5" cds in greenish blue and matching "SHIP" handstamp, ms. "12" rate, faint toned spots at edges and old Scotch tape stains on back only, still Fine and attractive

E. 400-500
400
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2071°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2071, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters"Lahaina Nvbr 5th 1850, "Lahaina Nvbr 5th 1850"Lahaina Nvbr 5th 1850." Dateline on folded letter to whaling agents Ellis Crosby & Co. in "San Francisco A.C." from their representative, John W. Barker, regarding his efforts to pick up cargo in the Islands; it includes a request "to forward the enclosed letter by Adams & Co. and pay the postage on my account." Address leaf with orange red "Ship 6" fancy handstamp and matching "San Francisco Cal. 1 Dec." cds, Fine, rare early use of the ship handstamp; shipping records do not show a November departure from Honolulu that could have arrived by December 1, so this may have gone with a whaler directly to San Francisco. Ex Ostheimer III

E. 400-500
550
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2072°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2072, Hawaiian Stampless Covers 1837-1858 incl. Mail via Mexico and Whaling Letters"Honolulu Nov. 6, 1850, "Honolulu Nov. 6, 1850"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

E. 1,000-1,500
1,350
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2073°
c
"Lahaina S.I. April 19th 1851." Folded letter from William Dawson to John Stout in New York, describing his trip from San Francisco on the schooner Samuel Roberts, an 18 day near-disaster: "there being 10 men and about 2,000,000 fleas and about 200,000 Bed bugs aboard and the men living off of salt pork, salt beef and potatoes...I will leave it for yourself to judge what the fleas and bed bugs lived on." Address leaf with "San Francisco Cal. 1 Jun." cds pencil "40" and red pencil "42", small portion of contents clipped out - possibly a form of censorship by the Stouts as the line preceding it begins, "They are the most amorist set of people," and one following it reads, "in a Sling wanting Clapp or Pox Medicine," etc., otherwise Very Fine. Eighteen months later William Dawson would help create the greatest of all Hawaiian covers when he mailed a letter to Eliza Dawson with the 2c and 5c Missionaries. Here he begins his first letter from the Islands with just the right amount of drama: "I have cast my anchor on this Island & settled down in peace after having been tossed on the tumultuous Waves of Life for Thousands of Miles & have come to the end of my journey."

E. 600-800
500
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2074°
c
"Pr. `Helen' for Honolulu." Endorsement on folded letter to Salem, Mass. datelined "Hobart Town V.D.L. August 4th 1851" from a Tasmanian merchant writing to his suppliers. Apparently hand-carried without charge to Honolulu, this received a "12" handstamp - the correct rate for unpaid letters from San Francisco to the East Coast + 2c ship captain's fee, Very Fine

E. 400-500
625
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2075°
c
"Honolulu, 13th July 1854." Dateline on invoice for 16 boxes of limes sent by commission merchants Von Holt & Heuck with their blue oval handstamp struck on address panel, sent "pr Restless" with "San Francisco Cal. 9 Aug." cds and matching "Ship 6" fancy handstamp; small tape stain at top from old mend, Fine

E. 600-800
525
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2076°
c
"Nuuanu Apr. 4." Dateline on 3-1/2pp letter from the wife of Warren Goodale, Hawaii Collector of Customs, describing "the audacious robbery" of the Custom House as reported in "The Advertiser" (a "very nearly correct" account). The letter includes a hand-drawn diagram of the Custom House attached to the third page and notes that Capt. Lane will be taking the letter as "a mail leaves today (unexpectedly to me)". Original transmittal envelope is a lady's cover with embossed flaps, addressed to Marlborough, Mass., and with only a clear "San Francisco Cal. 12 May 5, 1858" cds - even at this late date mail was occasionally carried to the mainland outside of the mails; scattered small stains, still attractive, Fine

E. 300-400
280
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2077°
c
"Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, November 1, 1858." Printed dateline on notice to New Bedford, Mass., from commission merchant B.W. Field announcing the closing of his business and the transfer of same to B.F. Snow who adds his own printed announcement at bottom, with ms. signature, referring to his "long experience in the trade of the Islands, and the Pacific Trade generally," partly struck New York "Steamship 20" handstamp in circle - for letters picked up on a steamship route (over 2,500 miles), Fine

E. 250-350
290
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