(Accountancy) 1830 outer letter sheet to London struck with an oval-framed GALICIA/ CORUNA handstamp, a two-line ESPAGNE PAR/ St. JEAN-DE-LUZ’ French entry handstamp and annotated “Via Calais”. On arrival the front struck with dotted framed ‘Oz at 8s/8d per Oz’ handstamp applied at the London Foreign Branch. Light vertical filing creases at sides.
(Accountancy) 1873 stampless cover to London bearing Levallois-Perret despatch cds, oval-framed ‘*FR/ 1f50c’ handstamp and manuscript “6d” charge, FB arrival on front reverse with blue Paris Etranger transit and arrival cds; with contents.
(Incoming Mail China Station) Envelope to England bearing five 1d. lilacs cancelled on arrival. (The 5d. rate was typically a civilian rate from foreign countries, here with London cancel could indicate arrival by military mailbag)The 1d lilac was issued December 1881 and a miss Lucy Halloran married in January 1883. H.M.S. Cleopatra embossed backflap, this ship left the China Station towards the end of 1882.
(Jamaica transit mail) 1829 (6th June) entire to Belfast, Ireland endorsed to travel “pr Prince Elizabeth Packet”, bearing on front two-line red ‘FRANCO HAS/ TA E PUERTO’ handstamp, rated “3/6” made up of 2s1d UK inward Packet Letter charge plus 1s5d inland postage through to Ireland, reverse with fine green MEXICO fleuron applied in transit at Falmouth, red arrival backstamp, very fine, Ex Hugh Wood.
(Madeira) 1702 (Nov 3) entire to London posted during The War of the Grand Alliance, manuscript “3/” rate with on reverse manuscript “Forwarded By 13 Dec 1702/ Saml & Jos Clarke” with London Bishop mark DE/16. An interesting letter surrounding the uncertainty caused by War.
(Madeira) 1869 (2/10) fragile outer letter sheet to Nova Scotia, franked 1868 100r imperf (four good margins) and 1868-70 perforated 120r cancelled ‘51’ barred numerals, Funchal two-ring cds at centre with framed PD, endorsed “Via England” , red Paid London Ship Letter transit and ‘3d’ accountancy handstamp. Some reinforcements and repairs to cover.
(Maritime Mail) 1871 (Fe 21) cover to Tenby, Wales franked ‘Laureated Napoleon’ 10c. and 20c. tied by’723’ obliterator (of Southampton), framed Southampton/ france/ MB handstamp below, arrival backstamp; very fine condition.
(Maritime Mail) 1880 (DE 2) cover to Bristol franked 25c. ‘Sage’ cancelled ‘723’ numeral (of Southampton) and to left Southampton/ France/ MB framed date stamp, arrival backstamp partly removed by loss of part of backflap; some toning.
1698 entire to London addressed “for Richard Bate Esq, To be left with Mr John Burrowes Merch”, arriving on 20th February 1699, 71 days later and marked on the back with the small size Bishop Mark. Endorsed “p. Capt. Milk Q.D.C.” and rated 3d.
1785 (22nd December) entire from Halifax to Alter, Near Forres, Scotland via London bearing two-line LONDON/ SHIP LRE handstamp, reverse with London bishop Mark (13/FE) and Edinburgh Bishop Mark in red (FE/20). This letter is a warning to a friend in the North Fencibles (a local defence force), that the writer is about to expose his commander for fraud by claiming more men in the regiment than it possessed.
1810 (SE 11) entire to Dublin, Ireland that has been handed into British Consulate at Cadiz after the mail had closed and too late to be included in the mail bag and thus carried loose to Falmouth where green CADIZ/ SE 11/ 1810/F date stamp was applied, manuscript “2/-“ rate applied for mail to Falmouth and then overland to London and thence to destination. The envelope with some spotting, a good clear strike of this scarce cancel.
1810 double rate “4/4” entire from Cadiz to Edinburgh, without despatch cancels as handed into the British Consulate after the regular mail had closed and too late to be included in the mail bag and thus carried loose to Falmouth where an unframed cursive CADIZ/ 29 JY 29/1810/F date stamp was applied, red arrival cancel; good condition.
1810 entire from St Croix, Danish West Indies to Aberdeen endorsed at base “by th Packet/ 6th March”, without any despatch cancels but bearing very fine blue-green LEEWARD ISLAND F date stamp of 3 AP 3 applied on arrival at Falmouth, red arrival cds below this, manuscript rating “2/4” amended below to “2/5”; heavy horizontal filing crease, a fine and interesting item.
1812 entire datelined “Real Cuidad Rodrigo” to Birmingham, rated “2/6” and bearing green Lisbon F unclear date stamp applied on the Falmouth Packet. The entire mentions battle of Salamanca (Peninsular War) and the appalling conditions sustained during the campaign
1817 thick entire to Glasgow bearing Quebec fleuron front and back, annotated to go care of Thomas Moore at New York (The British Post Office Agent), he deleted the North American instructions, rated the letter “2/2”, the charge to London and forwarded the letter by the packet “Francis Freeling”.At Falmouth the letter was handstamped with green AMERICA/ F and passed to London where it was re-rated “2/5 ½ “. Correspondents in B.N.A. could sent letters by the Falmouth packets by addressing them to the British Post Office agent in New York. Such letters, marked AMERICA F are scarce, the service was little used because of long sailing times and higher costs than that of private ships.