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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — Inter- and Intra-Island Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2048°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2048, Inter- and Intra-Island MailInter-Island Usage: Maui to Oahu, Inter-Island Usage: Maui to OahuInter-Island Usage: Maui to Oahu. Four-page folded letter datelined "Lahaina July 1st, 1823" from Clarissa Lyman Richards, wife of the Reverend William Richards, to Elizabeth Bishop in "Honoruru Oahu." She writes to her friend (in part): "My dear friend enquires if I have experienced any new and unforseen missionary trials - trials that I did not anticipate when entering on the work. All that I have seen and experienced has not yet altered my previous opinion that all mankind are by nature supremely selfish. But had I embarked a few months earlier I should have been astonished at beholding on missionary ground any exhibition of a selfish and depraved heart. I am indebted to the kindness of a christian brother, one who had seen much of the world, & had been a missionary himself, for correct views on this subject as well as for much useful information. How lamentable that those who follow in the steps of apostles and martyrs exhibit so little of their spirit! I have daily distressing proof of the desperate wickedness of my own heart and the remains of that selfish disposition which is indeed the bane of spiritual enjoyment." etc.; usual toning from this correspondence, address panel separated, very scarce

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
2049°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2049, Inter- and Intra-Island MailInter-Island Usage: Hawaii to Kauai, Inter-Island Usage: Hawaii to KauaiInter-Island Usage: Hawaii to Kauai. Tiny folded letter from Mrs. Louisa Ely, to Mrs. Elizabeth Bishop, dated Nov. 8, 1823, soon after the latter's arrival at Kauai ("We wish much to hear of your safe arrival & also to hear that your health is improving"), hurriedly written, "as the Brig is now getting under way"; small internal tear, Fine and very scarce, inter-island mail in this period was carried free of charge; both the Ely and Bishop families were part of the Second Company of missionaries, arriving in the spring of 1823 on the Thames

E. 750-1,000
2,300
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2050°
c
Inter-Island Usage: Hawaii to Oahu. Small folded letter from Lucy Thurston in Kailua, to Delia Stone Bishop, dated Dec. 16, 1829, recording two instances of adultery: "One of the females who came up from Oahu on board that vessel is now paying the penalty of a broken law - the Capt. her seducer. I must add still more - our own beloved Thomas Hopu is now suspended from the church, has been put in irons...having acknowledged himself guilty of breaking the seventh commandment. He appears a real penitent, much borne down both in body & mind. Indeed it is affecting to see him. His seducer & accomplice is one of the most interesting women of Kaawaloa, & a few weeks previous to the affair, numbered among their converts. Her husband & Delia [Hopu] were both at Oahu." etc.; lettersheet toned, otherwise Fine. Thomas Hopu was a Christian native whose early life included 12 sea voyages and being captured four times by the British during the War of 1812. Later he was later at the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Conn. and came with the Pioneer Company of missionaries in 1819, serving as an interpreter for the Thurstons

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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2051°
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Inter-Island Usage: Honolulu to Kailua. Folded letter dated Apr. 3 (1833) from Laura Judd in Honolulu to Delia Stone Bishop in Kailua, both members of the Third Company of missionaries in 1828. In addition to inviting the Bishops to visit, she notes that "a Theatre is opened at the King's Palace, for moral improvement, so said, and the prospect is, that if we add the short syllable im to the moral it is accomplishing the object for which it is established"; minor toning, Fine

E. 600-800
500
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2052°
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Intra-Island Usage: Hilo to Waimea, Hawaii. Three-page folded letter dated October 26, 1836 - sympathetic contents from Sarah Joiner Lyman to Betsey Lyons, after the death of her second son, Luke, only a few months after his birth on April 4, 1836; small sealed tear at top, Fine

E. 250-350
210
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2053°
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Inter-Island Usage: Kauai to Hawaii. Three-page folded letter datelined "Waioli Nov. 2, 1846" from Abner Wilcox, a teacher at the Select School for Hawaiian boys from Niihau and Kauai, to Dr. Seth Andrews in Kailua, offering his sympathies on death of his wife; some tiny ink erosion with contents showing through on face, Fine

E. 250-350
575
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2054°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2054, Inter- and Intra-Island MailIntra-City Usage: Kailua, Intra-City Usage: KailuaIntra-City Usage: Kailua. January 4, 1848 folded letter to "Dr. ["Mr. Kauka"] Seth Andrews" with contents written entirely in Hawaiian, from "Joa Kimo, Catholic Priest." The translation reads (in part): "I received your letter today about the misfortune that has befallen you. Our sympathy goes out to you over this recent tragedy. What a great pity it is about your dead son for whom you are grieving" etc. "Jao Kimo" was Joachim Marechal, who arrived in the Islands in November, 1841 and was orignally stationed in the Kau district on Hawaii. Marechal eventually became the head of the mission in Kona and went on to found St. Michael's Church in Kallua-Kona, the first Catholic church on Hawaii. His letter refers to the death of Dr. Andrew's youngest son, Charles, and is one of very few known early examples showing Hawaiian used as common language between two non-natives, Very Fine

E. 500-600
750
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2055°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2055, Inter- and Intra-Island MailInter-Island Usage: Oahu to Hawaii, Inter-Island Usage: Oahu to HawaiiInter-Island Usage: Oahu to Hawaii. Attractive yellow lettersheet with "Honolulu Oct. 5, 1848" dateline from Samuel N. Castle to Dr. Seth Andrews in Kailua, reporting that he has arranged passage on the ship Uncas, Captain Gelett, leaving October 25th, if Dr. Andrews can get down in time; otherwise he could catch the ship at Kealakekua. The doctor left November 7, 1848, taking with him his sole remaining child, George. The ship arrived in New Bedford on May 11, 1849. In 1852 he remarried and moved to Michigan, dying at the age of 83 in Romeo; Very Fine, the use of colored stationery in Hawaii is unusual

E. 250-350
500
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2056°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2056, Inter- and Intra-Island MailInter-Island Usage: Oahu to Maui, Inter-Island Usage: Oahu to MauiInter-Island Usage: Oahu to Maui. August 20, 1850 folded letter to Lahaina, headed "Depository" (Honolulu) to missionary Dwight Baldwin from Messrs. Samuel Castle and Amos Cooke, who left the Mission the following year to found the mercantile firm of Castle & Cooke, which in its earliest days operated out of the Depository building, Fine

E. 200-250
325
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