New York N.Y., 5c Black, "ACM" Initials (9X1).
Position 23 with prominent double transfer
in the lower label, large margins to clear, "tied" by light horizontal file fold, red "New-York 5cts. 9 Sep." (1846) integral-rate circular datestamp on folded letter to San Juan, Puerto Rico,
addressed to Mason & Co. in "St. Johns P.R."
in care of Kirkland, Chase & Co. of Baltimore, red "Paid" in arc handstamp, sender's directive "F. Jane via Balto."
at lower left and manuscript "Paid"
alongside stamp confirms it originates, Oct. 10 receipt docketing, some soiling affects stamp, ink erosion in several letters of address, some splitting along folds
FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A COVER TO PUERTO RICO.
San Juan (St. John's) was the capital of Spanish Puerto Rico. Mail between Puerto Rico and the United States at this time was carried by private ships. This letter was sent to Kirkland, Chase & Co. in Baltimore, shipping agents who transported goods and mail on frequent sailing voyages to and from Puerto Rico. This letter was carried on the brig Francis Jane, which sailed from Baltimore for San Juan on September 12, 1846 ( American and Commercial Daily Advertiser, Sep. 12, 1846).
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