Sandwich Islands, Ooahoo, July 4th 1817.
Dateline on 1-1/2pp folded letter from Augustus Norton to his father, Winthrop B. Norton, at South Berwick, District of Maine, address panel endorsed "Sandwich Islands"
without any postal markings, letter begins "I have improved the first opportunity to write you which is by the Brig Panther of Boston which will leave here tomorrow.",
explains his presence in Hawaiian Islands, "I had no idea of coming to these Islands when I left you...I found the ship had cleared out for these Sandwich Islands and from there to Canton",
describes journey around Cape Horn and prospects for returning to the States, interesting reference to the King, "The brig belongs to the same owners soon as she arrives she is to be sold to the King for sandle wood",
THE EARLIEST RECORDED LETTER FROM THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, PRE-DATING BY THREE YEARS THE EARLIEST MISSIONARY LETTER SENT IN 1820
One small side panel of lettersheet missing, but all text and address intact. Tears and splits, but could be easily restored with simple archival treatment. Essentially quite clean and of the greatest historical significance. From a new find
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