(British Military Concession Cover) 1839 (Mar) outer letter sheet to London endorsed from George Stevens on the HMS Donegal in Lisbon and countersigned by Lieut. Duthy. Endorsed ‘1’(d) for the military concession and with London cancels front and back, at bottom left very fine strike of the rare Crowned To be/ delivered/ FREE handstamp indicating no London local charges due. Sold at Cavendish Jan 2004 sale for £1700. Fine Exhibition item. The H.M.S. Donegal landed Portuguese Seamen taken from the slaver ‘Diligente’ instead of prosecuting them for slave trading, as agreed by the Foreign Office.
1877 (JU 28) envelope addressed to a “Richard Middleton Esq RN, H.M.S. “Flying Fish”, East India Station, c/o Postmaster, Aden”, endorsed “Via Brindisi”, franked 1876 8 orange tied by Exeter ‘285’ duplex. This Ship commenced service with the East Indies Station in 1874 in the suppression of the slave trade off the East African coast.