Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection
Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020
Category — Hawaii: Stampless Covers and Missionary Issues
VERY FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM HAWAII TO THE UNITED STATES WITH MAZATLAN, MEXICO, FORWARDER’S MARKING AND VERA CRUZ DATESTAMP.
This and another letter we offered in our sale of the Golden collection (Sale 1008, lot 22) were carried on the schooner Morse, which sailed from Honolulu on Dec. 1, 1839. It carried the mail to Mazatlan via Monterey. After reaching Vera Cruz, both letters were carried to New Orleans, where they entered the U.S. mail as ship letters.
This letter contains some interesting comments about local events: “There is a great change in the times here -- some things for the worse, some for the better -- the native population are dying off very fast -- nothing like before -- the American Missionaries are fast having their influence. The Catholic Priests will doubtless soon supplant them...”, followed by further remarks about the appeal of the Catholic Church to native Hawaiians.
Gregory census eastbound no. 13. Ex Golden