(Victoria, Republic of Texas, to Gananoque, Canada, via New Orleans) “Victoria March 27, 1845”
. Dateline on folded letter from Republic of Texas to Gananoque, Canada, carried privately to New Orleans where received as a ship letter, blue “New Orleans Apr. 18” circular datestamp, “SHIP”
straightline and manuscript “27”
rate for 2c ship plus 25c over-400 miles rate, exchanged via Ogdensburg N.Y. and Prescott, Canada, with red “Prescott U.C. Apr. 29, 1845” circular datestamp and manuscript rate “U.S.P. 1/ 4-1/2
, red “TOO LATE”
straightline, Gananouqe Apr. 20 receiving backstamp
VERY FINE. A RARE LETTER FROM THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS TO CANADA VIA NEW ORLEANS.
This lengthy letter is from Daniel McDonald, a Canadian serving as sheriff in Texas, to his brother in Gananoque. McDonald was part of the Mier Expedition, an unsuccessful military operation launched in November 1842 by a Texas militia against Mexican border settlements. He was liberated from Perote Prison and his letter contains interesting content related to criminal and other matters and includes the statement “we have no doubts about annexation now”.
Ex Steinhart and Dr. Robertson
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