3c Orange Brown, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (10var.).
Upper left diagonal half, uncanceled, excellent impression and bright color, on homemade wrapper as found in the Baldwin-Alexander correspondence, with ms. "1 Newspaper"
and addressed to Miss Abigail C. Baldwin at Mt. Holyoke Seminary, South Hadley, Mass.; scattered toning, still Fine, very rare usage and possible unique with an Orange Brown. Like many missionary children, Abigail Baldwin returned to the United States to continue her education. Her brother, Henry P., later formed an important partnership in the sugar industry with another missionary's son, Samuel Alexander (who married Abigail). A typed note on the back of this wrapper by Bruce Cartwright states he acquired it from a descendant of hers ("Miss Abigail C. Baldwin was his grand-aunt"
) in 1921. Other examples from this correspondence are known and may have contained issues of The Polynesian.
As the newspaper rate from the Islands was 2c, the balance was either paid in cash, or this may have been prepared after October 1, 1852, with the intention of mailing it in the U.S. and taking advantage of the new printed matter rates
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