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AMERICAN POSTAL HISTORY
UNITED STATES TRANS-ATLANTIC SHIP COVERS

Richmond, Virginia, United States to Paris, France
Fascinating Letter regarding  the current Tobacco shortage
and the cornering of the existing market
by Stephen Girard of Philadelphia

Nice Early Red "PAY D'OUTRE MER" Le Havre Cancel


 
Le Havre 7 August 1828 transit mark. Paris type "a" cancel


Red "PAYS D'OUTRE MER PAR LE HAVRE" Mark meaning Overseas Country Mail via Le Havre. This mark was only initiated in March 1828 and is not reported in Marcophilia in Red. Issued at dominant ports various names


"10" cent US Domestic Delivery Charge for 30-80 miles

 
"11" centime domestic French delivery charge of "9" + ship rate of "2"


Red Paris receiving Mark
9 August 1828. This Paris mark was first used 1806 and replaced 1826 with the type "a" above


Front: Red Boxed "PAYS D'OUTRE MER/PAR LE HAVRE" Unusual as such, not listed in Marcophilia. Red type "a" Le Havre transit mark of type used in Paris.
Reverse:
Embossed Paper Seal and Red Circular August 9, 1828 Paris Receiving Mark
Notes: A Beautiful example of the "PAYS D'OUTRE MER/PAR LE HAVRE" on Trans-Atlantic Ship letter.
Condition: Very Fine with usual file folds.
Contents:
In English: Concerning the Shortage of Quality Tobacco in Virginia

Transcription:


Richmond 12th July 1828
Messrs Tharet & Co
Gentlemen

You will no doubt be surprised to learn that not withstanding the dull state of all European Markets for our Staple article of Tobacco that prices of it on this side are kept from Competition much above the expectations of our correspondents on your side so much so as to leave us no prospect or expectations of executing our orders at the limits proposed. The Crop of Virginia this year is short in quantity & comparatively a very inferior one: - four [sic] our finest quality we have purchased at 10 @ 15$ bought principally on account of Stephen Girard of Philadelphia & until he retires from the market or we learn to what extent he proposes to go it will be difficult to say at what rates we can this season ship suitable qualities for the demand of your Req's indeed from the observations of the writer who has just reached home it seems probable that the proportion of fine qualities in this crop is so unusually small that the shipments to your Market this season cannot exceed 3000 or 3500 Hhds [Hogsheads]. Should you have any change to propose in your present instructions we shall be pleased to receive them as early as Convenient. Freights are from 30@35(shillings) Sterling per Hhds. Exchange on London 10@10/4 dull & declining Paid 5.15

Very Respectfully
Rogers & Harrison
 


Reverse of Cover

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