Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — Hawaii: Stampless Covers and Missionary Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
217
c
Sale 1216, Lot 217, Hawaii: Stampless Covers and Missionary Issues“Honolulu Oahu, November 18 1839”. Dateline on folded letter from Peirce & Brewer to James Hunnewell in Charlestown Mass. via Monterey (Alta California), Mazatlan, Vera Cruz and New Orleans, sender’s ship-name directive “P Morse”, forwarder’s manuscript marking on back “Forwarded, Port Mazatlan 24 March 1840, Parrott Scarborough & Co.”, partly clear strike of “Franqueado Vera Cruz April (?)” circular datestamp on back, entered U.S. post office with blue “New Orleans La. Apr. 27” (1840) circular datestamp and matching “SHIP” handstamp, red manuscript “27” rate (25c postage plus 2c ship fee), neatly docketed on back with May 9 receipt date, file folds

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

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750