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YORK & LANCASTER REGIMENT, Barbados postal history
1890 (trace of postmark) portion of a Soldiers Letter with QV 1d (SG.92) tied by open bootheel.
The York & Lancaster Regiment was a line of infantry regiment officially formed in 1881 through the amalgamation of the 65th and the 84th Regiment of Foot during the Childers Reforms
£40


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



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

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


DELAYED DUE GENERAL STRIKE, British Guiana postal history
1963 cover from Canada with 10c pmk'd Halifax, N.S. to Georgetown, endorsed in manuscript on reverse "Posted in Halifax on 9th June, rec'd in Georgetown on 12th July - due to general strike."
The British Guiana Post Office Workers' Union joined the General Strike on AP 23 1963 which ended July 1963
£40


Rare watercolour "View at IDANRE from Camp", Lagos postal history
1898 outer wrapper with reverse showing an exceptional rare inclusion of watercoloured painting addressed to Miss Ambrose, Hampstead, London with QV 2½d tied oval of bars with rare POST OFFICE EPE (T.11) cds dated A/JU 7 1898 (ERD), lower left portion of this single sheet torn away. Ex JOHN FORREST.
£825


BRITISH GUIANA postal history
T+H and Proud handbooks unrecorded 2-line "Air Mail to LONDON only, thence/by Surface Route." handstamp in purple ink on KG6 12c AIR LETTER to Entebbe, Uganda with typed content from Vincent Roth headed B.G. Museum, Georgetown dated 17th October 1949.
£95


ANTIGUA postal history
1879 QV 1½d red-brown UPU Post Card written "St. John's Dec 12th 1879" sent most unusually without killer or despatch cds to London showing 29 DE 79 arrival, worn reverse text mentions "the fever seems to be leaving us", the doctor having "adopted the Carbolic Acid treatment so successfully" and "a severe shock of earthquake". Some soiling etc.
£36

"Greetings from Hell", Jamaica postal & social history
"Kingston Jamaica Jan 15/1907. 1000 dead 65000 homeless city in ashes - Island destroyed & 3 killed at my side - I send greetings from Hell" on ppc of "Loading Banana. Port Antonio" to Toledo, Ohio initially landed at Barbados 22 JA 77 with 1d Arms tied boxed "Posted on Board".
The Jamaica earthquake struck at approx. 3.30pm on January 14th 1907
£150


PORT SHEPSTONE, Natal postal history
pmk'd B/NO 21 93 on QV ½d Post Card to Baboon Spruit, reverse meeting to urge Government to bridge the Lower Umzimkulu River with an inexpensive low lwvel pile bridge.
£14


CAPE-TOWN, Cape of Good Hope postal history
(SQC) dated JY 2 83 on 1d within city cover, middle top opening tear, JACOT & PRILLEVITZ printed sender's flap.
£4


KINGSTON, Jamaica postal history
dated I A/JU 9 86 with pair QV 2d (SG.20a) on cover to Levi Salaman, Birmingham, reverse magenta J.H. MILKE, Kingston Watchmaker and Jewellers h/struck cachet, peripheral faults.
£9



Zululand (correspondences November 14th and 23rd and December 11th 1907)
Family letter from Lorraine re loss of Johnnies mother, second letter from Fred saying “things in Zululand are very unsatisfactory and I would not be surprised if there was a general flare up any day, and third letter from Lorraine stating “you will see we are now starting another row, goodness only knows where it will end, it simply means ruin for the Colony. I hope the Home Gov’t will step in".
20th, 21st, and final 22nd letter - correspondences of Fred Boyce and Lorraine Wilson Boyce JU 10 1905 - DE 11 1907 (none have outer covers).
£25

Zululand (correspondence October 7, 1907)
Lorraine W. Boyce letter to her cousin written "Glendale, Kearsney" and mentions "every thing here is at a standstill, and the Natal Gov’t seem to be quite incapable of carrying on the affairs of the Colony. I think Archibald Forbes was not far out when he spoke of the people in Natal as the xxxxxxx of Creation". (Note: possibly the same Archibald Forbes inside the British square at Ulundi, Natal, as it braced itself to resist thousands of Zulu warriors in 1879, who then rode 300 miles in 50 hours with news of the British victory).
19th letter correspondences of Fred Boyce and Lorraine Wilson Boyce JU 10 1905 - DE 11 1907 (none have outer covers).
£20


Zululand correspondence (April 9, 1907)
Fred Boyce letter mentions "many thanks for £90. I can assure you it will be most useful as every thing in the Colony is so bad. Although it is now eight months since the late rebellion we have not received any compensation. I am very much afraid there will be another row with the natives, if there is it will be a big affair. The native unrest is all owing to having incompetent men in charge of affairs. The natives have lost all faith in the Colonial Gov’t. I feel convinced that if the Colony were to revert to a Crown Colony (the only thing that will save Natal from utter ruin) the natives would be quite peaceful and contented. Natal is not fit financially or otherwise to have Self Gov’t. Tick fever is still rampant but I think some farmers have found a cure although the vet dept declared there was no cure".
17th letter correspondences of Fred Boyce and Lorraine Wilson Boyce JU 10 1905 - DE 11 1907 (none have outer covers).
£60

Zululand correspondence (February 12, 1907)
Lorraine W. Boyce letter mentions "I am here for a short time staying with Fred. Things are still unsettled and every thing seems to be at a stand-still, and the Tick-fever has completely cut off transport away from the Railway – However – things may brighten up a bit as we are having a remarkable good season as far as crops go".
16th letter correspondences of Fred Boyce and Lorraine Wilson Boyce JU 10 1905 - DE 11 1907 (none have outer covers).
£25

Zululand (correspondence January 1, 1907)
Lorraine W. Boyce letter written "Durban" mentions "is there no possible way of raising money? Things here seem going from bad to worse and there is no saying what the end of the Asiatic affair will be. Zululand is still very unsettled – there are over 600 mounted men in the country trying to capture rebels, a great number of them are armed and are hiding in the dense bush".
15th letter correspondences of Fred Boyce and Lorraine Wilson Boyce JU 10 1905 - DE 11 1907 (none have outer covers).
£80

Zululand correspondence (November 13th, 1905)
Lorraine W. Boyce letters mentions "Rings have arrived. Fred has gone to Durban to attend a meeting of our Syndicate as they have now formed and registered themselves as a Company. There is quite a boom on at present, we have got jeans and donkeys, the prospectors delight. There is some good ground in Zululand, but it is no good pegging off unless one has a good opportunity of having it taken up, as holding ground unless you have a Syndicate at your back costs too much for a single man".
7th letter correspondences of Fred Boyce and Lorraine Wilson Boyce JU 10 1905 - DE 11 1907 (none have outer covers).
£25


Zululand correspondence (November 27, 1905 mentions Poll Tax leading to the BAMBATHA REBELLION
Fred Boyce letter written Mangeni mentions "how pleased I will be to get the photos. I should like one of your Ian in uniform. The property on which we hold 4 claims each has been taken over by a developing syndicate. They intend going down 200 ft and if the reef is as good at that depth as it is at the surface they will float at once. The Poll Tax here has caused great dissatisfaction among all classes. The natives here have refused to pay. There may be trouble when the tax is collected (or tried to be collected rather). The natives have lost all confidence in the Govt which is rotten. Getting ready for a prospecting trip. Pegging off is the order of the day now in Zululand. Copper is all the rage".
8th letter correspondences of Fred Boyce and Lorraine Wilson Boyce JU 10 1905 - DE 11 1907 (none have outer covers).
£150


Zululand correspondence (August 22, 1905)
Fred Boyce letter on MINNESOTA MILL EXTRA STRONG wmk'd paper mentions "There is a bit of a boom on in Zululand Gold Fields just at present. All the Johannesburg speculators seem to have had a “down” on poor old Zululand, but now they seem to be taking an interest. I have now 3 medals and 5 bars. I have fought through four wars since I came here; been in some very tight corners. I lost nearly every head of cattle I had by xxxx pest, and now we are threatened by a new plague called East Grass fever which is most deadly".
5th letter correspondences of Fred Boyce and Lorraine Wilson Boyce JU 10 1905 - DE 11 1907 (none have outer covers).
£45
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