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|1805 (20 May) EL from Fort Charlotte, St Vincent to Lieut. Robert Mc Pherson, 17th Native Infantry, Bengal.|
Apparently carried privately to Perth, Scotland where posted to India with PERTH ds, Edinburgh Bishop Mark and London PAID ds. Worn at folds and with hole at lower left corner.
Fascinating contents, a letter from Thomas McGreggor who was with the 90th Regiment to his friend in India describing his time in Ireland and abrupt departure for the West Indies. He spent weeks aboard the transport in Barbados due to French fleet being in the vicinity and then arrived in St Vincent. He was very unhappy stationed high up in the Fort and with fellow officers and men already falling sick. 'Since I came here I have had a continued fit of the Blue Devils.' In the first year of its service in the West Indies the regiment lost eight officers and 136 men but remained as the garrison on the island till 1809.
|1805 (20 Dec) EL from Brigadier General Thomas Picton in London to General Maitland, Governor of Grenada.|
Carried 'by favour' by an army captain travelling to Barbados on H.M.S. Illustrious and then put in the post. Fine s/l 'BARBADOES,' rated 4d. Fine.
3pp letter. Picton who had been the first governor of Trinidad was then in London facing charges of cruelty and torture of a free mulatto girl, Luisa Calderón committed while in office.
|1838 (16 May) EL with BURY ST EDMONDS mileage mark.|
Good letter from soldier describing parade who was staying at the Angel Inn.
|1848 cover with enclosure from Bermuda to England|
written by Lt. William Armytage, R.N. serving on H.M.S. Vesuvius (a 4 gun wooden paddle sloop)in Bermuda. Rated 1/- and with London and Banbury cds b/stamps. Fine.
The absense of any Bermuda postmark indicates that the ships bag containing the letter was delivered directly to the Velocity, the contract mail boat, which sailed on May 7 for Halifax. There it was transferred to Cunards America on May 13. Ex Osborn.
|1857 mourning cover from London to Kingston, Jamaica and re-directed to Nassau, Bahamas.|
Addressed to a Lieutenant in the 1st West India Regiment and thus franked at the officer s rate of 6d. Kingston cds on reverse.
As the letter was addressed to a commissioned officer there was no redirection charge. Ex Osborn.
|1867 Officers letter from England to Panama|
Small mourning envelope to Thomas Warr on H.M.S. Alert, a wooden screw sloop, franked 6d, the special officers rate. London cds b/stamp. Fine.
The ships log gives her location as Tabago, Panama Bay throughout January and February. This letter probably travelled per RMS Colon and then by rail across the Isthus.
|1871 (8 Jun) cover from Jamaica to England|
with Pine 4d red-orange (SG4a) strip of 3 tied b 'A42' cancels. GORDON TOWN double arc on reverse. Minor tone spotting affecting top perfs and faults to top left of envelope.
Addressed to Lieut. Colonel Kent, 77th Regiment.
|1875 mourning cover from England to San Fransisco, forwarded to Panama.|
GB 3d plate 16 tied by fine BATH duplex. San Francisco Paid All cds in red at left and Liverpool cds b/stamp. Addressed to Commander Cookson, H.M.S. Peterel, care of British Consul, San Francisco. Fine.
When this letter reached San Francisco HMS Peterel was at Acapulco, Mexico and then 3 days later left for Panama. The consul, who was also the British Post Office Agent would have forwarded the letter per closed bag to Panama. Ex Harper.
|1876 cover from London to the British Consul in Panama.|
with pair of 6ds (plate 14) tied by Charing Cross duplexes. On reverse London and Devonport cds. Small opening tears.
The British Consul in Panama also acted as the British Post Office Agent. This letter was sent on RMS Para arriving in Colon on the 24th and Panama two days later. HMS Peterel was then at Coquimbo, Chili, preparing to return to England. It is evident that the Consul, having been informed of the route planned for the Peterel, re-addressed this letter for Devonport and sent it to London per Diplomatic Bag. Ex Osborn.
|1876 cover from England to Panama addressed to Rear Admiral Honble Arthur Cochrane on HMS Repulse.|
Franked with 1/- (plate 12) and 6d (plate 15) tied by Loughborough duplex cancels. Roughly opened and restored, still attractive.
A non concessional but notified Officers letter rate appearing in the P.O. guides for 1871 and 1872, para 136, viz. Letters addressed to Ships of War on the Pacific Station (North or South) are subject to a postage charge of 1/6 per ½ oz. This letter left Southampton on May 2 in RMS Moselle due at Colon on May 24. Repulse was at Tabago when the mail arrived after crossing the Isthmus.
|1888 (12 Apr) envelope from Martinique to Paris|
with 15c tied by octagonal 'CORR D'ARMEES FORT DE FRANCE' ds in blue. Scarce octagonal 'CORRESPONDANCE DES ARMEES MARTINIQUE' cachet at lower left.
|1892 GB postal stationery postal 1d postal card|
addressed to 'Col. Caudfeild, 2 W.I. Regt., Kngston, Jamaica' with fine 'UP PARK CAMP' squared circle receiving mark.
The addressee wrote, 'One Hundred Years' History of the 2nd Batt. West India Regiment from date of raising 1795 to 1898 published in 1899
|1892 GB postal stationery 2½d envelope|
addressed to 'Miss Read, c/o Charles D.O. Reid Esq., 2nd West Indian Reg., Up Park Camp, Kingston, Jamaica.'
|1892 cover from England to|
'Surgeon Major C.W. Moore-Mayo, Medical Staff, Jamaica.' Rather roughly opened.
|1892 (20 Dec) GB postal stationery 2½d envelope|
to 'Chs Oldham Reid Esq., 2nd West Indian Reg., Up Park Camp, Kingston, jamaica.'
|1894 Egypt postal stationery 5pi postal card|
addressed to 'Mrs Caudfeild, Up Park Camp, Jamaica,' with squared circle 'UP PARK CAMP' ds.
Presumably related to Col. J.E. Caudfield who wrote the regimental history.
|1895 (26 July) West India 2nd Regiment embossed envelope|
used by soldier from Sierre Leone to England with 2½d pair cancelled by B31 obliterators. Freetown cds and fine 'PAID LIVERPOOL BR. PACKET 13 AU 95' cds in red.
|1902 (11 May) mourning cover from Martinique to France|
with F.M. ovptd 15c Mouchon tied by Fort De France cds. Scarce octagonal boxed 'CORRESPONDANCE DES ARMEES MARTINIQUE' cachet at lower left. Small opening tears at top.
|1907 postcard with ¼d tied by GPO cds on picture side.|
'FIERAMOSCA REGIA NAVE' Italian naval cachet at left. Unaddressed.
|1910 (25 Feb) West India 2nd Regiment embossed envelope|
used by soldier from Sierre Leone to England with 1d tied by Plymouth Paquebot m/c. Fine.