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TRINIDAD postal history
1848 part wrapper docketted along top "Trinidad 4 Dec 1848" to William McGregor Grant, Arnos Vale, St. Vincent rated unpaid "4" showing GRENADA DE 16 1848 transit dbl-arc and ST. VINCENT DE 21 1848 arrival dbl-arc.
Prestamp mail between Trinidad and St. Vincent rarely found.
£140


BERMUDA postal history (ex LUDINGTON)
1858 cover to Mrs. Ebenezer Darrell, Georgetown, Demerara rated "4" unpaid, reverse HAMILTON (red PM4) AU 31 1858, ST. THOMAS SP 5 1858 dbl-arc transit and DEMERARA A/SP 23 58 arrival cds. Ex LUDINGTON (1999).
£300


ST. CHRISTOPHER postal history
1866 stampless cover to London with red ST. KITTS/C/NO 27/66/PAID cds and red LONDON PAID 15 DE 66 arrival rated red crayon "11".
Proofed JU 29 1866 with 7 strikes C/AU 11 66 to C/DE 28 66 and 6 strikes A/MR 27 68 to A/SP 17 69 currently recorded
£250

SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica postal history
(P1 in black) dated MY 30 1835 (the Foster ERD) on wrapper docketted as from St. Mary (MY 27) to London rated 2/2.
£85

VIRGIN ISLANDS postal history
1819 entire headed "Tortola 10th February 1819" to Thomas Walters, Kendal, Westmoreland rated 4/8 unpaid posted with very fine TORTOLA/11 FEB 18 (year error) 2-line. Ex FREDRICK
£350

VIRGIN ISLANDS postal history
WAR OF 1812 with EXTREMELY RARE MONTH FIRST TORTOLA 2-LINE (only recorded example): 1814 entire dated "Tortola Feby 14th 1814" from John Strachan with copy of Wm H Thompson letter of "25 Jany 1814" to Thomas Walters , Kendal, Westmoreland rated 2/4 changed 4/8 showing strongly struck TORTOLA/FEB 15 14 despatch, reverse marked ""Recd March 29th 1814", some internal stains from tape strengthening. Ex SYDNEY RAINE and FREDRICK. (War broke out between Britain and the USA JU 18 1812 and by 1813 the Caribbean was swarmed by American privateers. War concluded by Treaty of Ghent DE 24 1814)
Contents mention "with respect to Mr. J. Carruthers he was taken by an American Privateer and carried to the Havannah where he was as a prisoner for sixteen weeks and afterwards he got safe to Bermuda. Captain Clark arrived him about a fortnight ago and I am sorry to inform you he is very unwell" and "I now must inform you that I had a very difficult job, that of taking off a Sloop which got on Shore at Sea Cow Bay, and had to repair her for which I got £400".
£625

Return by RMSP "Clyde" (5th home, arriving Falmouth May 8th), Jamaica postal history
KINGSTON, JAMAICA MR 25 1842 dbl-arc on upper flap overstruck partial MY 10 arrival on entire to Liverpool rated 1/-.
£36


JAMAICA postal and social history
1824 entire headed "New Pera Estate, Saint Thomas in the East, Jamaica" from John Wallace to his brother Andrew Wallace in Auchterless, Aberdeenshire pmk'd KINGSTON AU 2 1824 (K2) and rated 2/-. Contents mention the return on Mr. Barclay to his native country after an absence of upwards of twenty years, and "some disturbances among the Negroes which we must expect owing to the fanatical Biggots in England".
£48

BERMUDA postal history
1852 wrapper (no side flaps) to George Clerk, Ireland Island with red HAMILTON+BERMUDA (PM4) dated JA 1 1852 (day slug inverted). Ex TUCKER, ULRICH, "LONGTAIL".
The Forand/Freeland handbook only records two red PM4 entires to Ireland Island (other dated OC 4 1854).
£325



Arrival of James Grant Forbes, Planter, JAMAICA postal history (and ST. LUCIA historical interest)
1786 entire headed "Jamaica 12th November 1786" from newly arrived James Grant Forbes to his father Lieut. General James Grant in London rated 1/- with "IAMAICA" and JANUARY/M/22 experimental Bishop mark on lower flap.
Major General James Grant was born at Ballindoch, Banffshire in 1720. By 1757 he was a major fighting in the French & Indian Wars and captured at Fort Duquesne. Fought at the Siege of Havana, made Governor of East Florida. Served in the American War of Independence, was General William Howe's primary planning officer, led a division at the Battle of Long Island. In 1778 he led an expeditionary force to capture the French island of St. Lucia with its surrender at the Battle of La Vigie. Died 1806
£200


Return by RMSP "Tay" (28th home, arriving Falmouth MR 19), JAMAICA postal history
OCANA - SANTA MARTA - KINGSTON - LONDON: 1843 wrapper docketted from Marcelino de Pinillos, Ocana (Colombia) JA 2 with manuscript forwarding at coastal town Santa Marta on JA 20 with Q.B.S.M. (que besa su mano - who kisses your hand) with KINGSTON FE 16 1843 dbl-arc transit addressed Federico Huth, London (MR 21) rated 1/-, address panel soiled which would display opened in inverted position.
£185

Immigration to Australia, Cholera outbreak, JAMAICA postal and social history
1852 entire from Robert Bogle to D.J. Lanman, New York marked "pr. American steamer Sierra Nevada" with red KINGSTON JAMAICA PAID dated JY 24 1852/A rated red "4" with STEAMSHIP 10 Cts. Contents refer to a great many young men finding their way to Australia determined to seek their fortunes with an agent sent to New York to charter a fine vessel to come here and fit out, she is to carry 50 passengers at $200 each, plus we have had very bad accounts from Navy Bay, a number of people who went there (report) more dead than alive, Cholera has broken out among the people, our authorities act with much indifference, An American Steamer is now coming in from Navy Bay, I suppose I fear the accounts by her will be bad, the operations on the Railway are likely to be impeded if cholera breaks out.
£95

PLANTAIN GARDEN RIVER, Jamaica postal history
1861 entire headed "Duckenfield" to Barclays & McDowall, Kingston rated "4" with PLANTAIN-GARDEN-RIVER (P5) dated MR 29 1861 displaying top flap with KINGSTON MR 30 1861 arrival on address panel.
Jamaica own stamps placed on sale NO 23 1860, no "A62" covers recorded by me until JU 3 1864 with this being the only PGR entire recorded between the two dates
£75

Return by RMSP "Solway" (6th home, arriving Falmouth MY 26), JAMAICA postal history
1842 entire showing large part SPANISH-TOWN (P2b) dated AP 15 1842 to Alexander Murchison, Elgin rated 1/- with MY 28 and MY 29 transits and boxed ELGIN/MY 30/1842 arrival.
£36


GRENADA postal history
GRENADA dbl-arc (A11) with code "B" inverted: 1853 entire to John Richards, London rated 1/- with top flap (portion missing) displaying GRENADA dbl-arc dated AP 25 1853/B.
Only four examples code "B" currently recorded, others dated OC 28 1852/B (Pearce Est.£300/350); JA 29 1853/B (Russell Jones Est.£450), AP 10 1853/B as arrival on incoming Trinidad (1d) cover (WD Walker)
£325



MARTHA/BRAE and IAMAICA, Jamaica postal history
1792 lengthy entire from David Hood headed "Trelawny, Jamaica 7th Feb 1792" to James Stothart in Dumfries rated 1/- changed 1/7 showing weak MARTHA/BRAE (overstruck MAR 26 arrival) and IAMAICA (42 x 6mm).
Contents include "Mr. Meredith, Postmaster & clerk of the vestry, died lately at Martha Brae"
£120

Return by RMSP "Clyde" (35th home, arriving Falmouth JY 1), JAMAICA postal history
1843 entire headed "Ballards Valley 30th May 1843" to James Irving, London rated 1/- showing KINGSTON JU 1 1843 despatch and London JY 2 1843 arrival.
Mail landed Falmouth JY 1 1843 by R.M.S. Clyde included Halifax mail from Schooner Margaret becalmed off Bermuda
£36

PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica postal history
1853 entire to Orleans, France re-directed to Charing Cross, London rated 1/2 with framed red "POSTAGE NOT PAID/TO LONDON" despatched with PORT-ANTONIO dbl-arc (P3) dated MY 6 1853. Lengthy content from John Richards describing the discovery of "copper well interspersed with silver" found on one of his properties and "strong indications of Black Lead" on another. The letter goes on to describe the boom in mining and exploration - "The Parish of Portland seems to be one vast lump of mineral worth, every day brings a new discovery"
£240

EARLIEST INTERNAL ENTIRE, British Guiana postal history
1801 entire headed "Demerary 19th June 1801" marked "p Johnny" (thought to be carried the 50 miles eastward by a small craft with family name rather than named slave on horse-back) to Hugh McCalmont, Plantns. H. & Exp. (Plantations Hope and Experiment), docketting at left can display showing "Stabroek, ans'd 1st July".
Stabroek was the name given to the capital by the Dutch during their occupation and later officially renamed Georgetown, by the English, on AP 29 1812
£300



EARLIEST DATED 2-LINE BERBICE, British Guiana postal history
BERBICE, 6th/Jan. 1811. mostly on reverse flap (damaged at left) with red BRISTOL 4 MA 4 1811 with 12 below arrival on entire headed New Amsterdam Dec 29th 1810 to Mrs Fraser c/o Dr. Chisholme, York Place, Clifton re-addressed 2 Laura Place Bath rated 1/11 changed 2/3.
This is currently the earliest dated BERBICE 2-line handstamp (BERBICE with comma measures 26mm, width from top to bottom 13½mm), rather surprisingly this sits between the two known strikes of the larger undated BERBICE. (32 x 5mm) recorded for AU 28 1810 and FE 3 1811
£1525
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