Canton, China to Pennsylvania, 1849.
Gray cover addressed to Germantown Pa., back with clear strike of red "Forwarded by Rawle Drinker & Co., Hong Kong"
as well as blue "Lemuel Goddard, London"
oval backstamp, Nov. 1849 circular datestamp, "24" and "19 cents" debit handstamps, with original enclosure (transcript accompanies) datelined "Canton River August 25th 1849"
, fascinating contents describing the murder of the Portuguese commander at Macao (Don Jose Maria do Amaral), his method of ruling Macao and that the Chinese had put a $1,000 bounty for his head, the English and American forces in the area are rallying to the aid of the Portuguese, and that the murdered body had been embalmed "and lies in state at his house, where it is said they mean to preserve it till the head is returned"
, other fascinating contents regarding gambling, a skirmish at a fort and other topics, some slight wear, Very Fine, the content is phenomenal
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