(Louisbourg to Marseilles, France, Jun. 14, 1755). Folded letter datelined “Louisbourg au 14 juin 1755”, written by French Admiral Pierre André de Suffren and addressed to Marseilles, France, carried privately to France with “de Bayonne” handstamp and rated “13”
VERY FINE. A RARE FRENCH NOVA SCOTIA COVER FROM ADMIRAL PIERRE ANDRÉ DE SUFFREN WITH FASCINATING HISTORICAL CONTENT CONCERNING NAVAL BATTLES WITH THE BRITISH. ONLY ONE OTHER PRIVATELY HELD COVER FROM FRENCH NOVA SCOTIA IS THOUGHT TO EXIST.
The sender, Pierre André de Suffren (1729-1788), was a French admiral who saw action in North America and the Indian Ocean. The letter (in French) states “hostilities committed by the English against our vessels in the neighborhoods...three ships separated in the mist were met by 11 English ships at 45 degrees 57 minutes latitude between Whales’ Bank and the Green Bank. They were attacked and the Alcide, which was the only one of the three equipped for war, was captured. The Lis was still fighting at 7pm but it appears that she was also taken. The Dauphin Royal got away on account of its speed and arrived here the 15th of June...P.S. The day of the battle is Sunday the 8th of June...”. Admiral de Suffren was on the Dauphin Royal. This battle was one of the precursors and contributing factors to the outbreak of the Seven Years’ War in 1756.
The French occupied Louisbourg until June 17, 1745, at which point the British officially took control. The city was handed back to the French on October 18, 1748, under the terms of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (Treaty of Aachen). The other known French Nova Scotia cover is dated October 29, 1735 (ex “Skywalk”).
(South Crooked Island, Bahamas to Annapolis Royal, Jul. 11, 1800). Folded letter datelined “Bahamas, Cornwallis Dowdeswells Bay, South Crooked Island 11th July 1800” and addressed to Annapolis Royal, manuscript “care of Coli De Lancey” at bottom left, carried privately and entered Annapolis with manuscript “Ship Letter” and rated “N2-1/2” for local delivery, overall soiling and edgewear
FINE AND RARE COVER FROM THE BAHAMAS WITH THE ONLY RECORDED MANUSCRIPT “SHIP LETTER” MARKING FROM ANNAPOLIS, NOVA SCOTIA.
Ex Steinhart and Dr. Clark
(South Crooked Island, Bahamas to Annapolis Royal, Jun. 4, 1801). Folded letter datelined “Bahamas, Cornwallis Dowdeswells Bay, South Crooked Island June 4th 1801” and addressed to Annapolis Royal, manuscript “Care of Mr. George Stanton, No. 31 John Street, New York” forwarding notation at bottom left, carried privately and entered mail with “DIGBY 7 NO 1801” straightline datestamp (Jephcott 33, MacDonald 27) and “SHIP” handstamp (Jephcott 138, MacDonald 240), rated “N5-1/2”, cover with overall soiling and edgewear
FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COVER FROM THE BAHAMAS TO ANNAPOLIS VIA DIGBY. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE DIGBY “SHIP” HANDSTAMP.
(Trieste to Halifax, Jan. 16, 1815). Folded letter datelined “Trieste li 16 gennaio 1815” (slightly affected by wax seal removal) and addressed to Halifax, manuscript “p Elk, Capt. Richie” at bottom left and “Liverpool 8 May 1815, recd & forwarded by your obt servts Thos. & Will, Earle & Co.” on left flap, neat “Post Paid Withdrawn Ship Letter, London, 6 MY 6, 1815” with crown datestamp struck over flaps as usual (slightly affected by seal stain)
VERY FINE. A RARE WITHDRAWN SHIP LETTER MARKING ON COVER TO NOVA SCOTIA FROM AN UNUSUAL ORIGIN OF TRIESTE--PROBABLY A UNIQUE COMBINATION.
(Halifax to St. George’s, Bermuda, Apr. 17, 1830). Folded letter datelined Halifax Apr. 17, 1830 and addressed to St. George’s, Bermuda, carried privately with manuscript “favd by Mr. Ritchie” at bottom left and “forwarded by your obedt servant J. Ritchie” along top flap, letter notes “a friend of mine Mr. Ritchie takes a dying daughter as a last chance for her recovery to Bermuda, any little civilities will greatly oblige me which you may have it in your power to offer...”, Very Fine
(Havana, Cuba to London, Mar. 26, 1842). Folded cover with docketing confirming Havana origin on Mar. 26, 1842 and addressed to London, manuscript “pr Steamer Britannia via Halifax” endorsement at bottom left, “Recd under cover & forwarded by for your obed serv Creighton & Grassie, Halifax NS 3rd May 1842” on top flap (Rowe Rarity 4) with Halifax circular datestamp, London May 16 arrival datestamp, Very Fine and scarce forwarding agent use, ex Dr. Clark