30c Orange (71).
Horizontal strip of three, tied by large "Paid" grid cancels, red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid Nov. 19" (1861) backstamp on cover to Singapore,
sender's directive "Via Marseilles",
red crayon "80/2" credit, red London Paid transit datestamp (Dec. 2), clear strike of red "INSUFFICIENTLY/PREPAID"
handstamp, red crayon "2" (2p) Colonial rate, right 30c barely affected from placement near edge of cover, minor soiling, Very Fine and attractive, a rare use, franked to pay double 45c rate for British Mail via Marseilles effective Sep. 1861, the rate increased to 51c in December 1861, while this was in transit, so marked insufficiently prepaid for the more expensive Marseilles route and sent via Southampton at double 45c rate -- the addressee, George H. Dana, was engaged in mercantile pursuits in the East Indies before the Civil War; he returned to Boston in 1861 to join the Union army; during the war he engaged in 27 battles and was seriously wounded at Gettysburg -- ex Paliafito and Hill, with clear 1988 P.F. certificate
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