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1832 TRANS-ATLANTIC NEW
YORK TO GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHIP "RHÔNE" COVER -
LE HAVRE TRANSIT
BOXED "PAYS D'OUTREMER/PAR LE HAVRE" OR "OVERSEAS COUNTRY VIA LE HAVRE"
ODD RATED "23"
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New York to Le Havre to Geneva, Switzerland by the Ship "Rhône"
Le Havre Transit Cancel for 1 October 1832
Black boxed "PAYS D'OUTREMER/PAR LE HAVRE"
"23" Due Rate in Red
Geneva Receiving Mark for 6 October 1832
"23" on Reverse showing postage paid
Trans-Atlantic carriage loaded with marks. The boxed black
"PAYS D'OUTREMER/PAR LE HAVRE" cancel applied at Le Havre on incoming
mail from across the sea. Also a Le Havre Transit cancel dated 1 October
1832. There is a lower left manuscript notation "Ship
Rhône" and a red
manuscript "23" indicating the rate due. If this was handed off directly
to the ship (no US markings evident) then there would have been a 6¢
Ship fee, plus French transit fee, and the delivery charge in
Reverse: Geneva 6 October 1832 receiving mark. Manuscript
black "23" indicating postage was paid by the recipient.
is known from Immigrant Ship Registries to have been on the New York to
Le Havre from at least October of 1833 under Captain John Rockett. This
is August 1832. It was a 450 ton burthen ship and could carry 150
passengers, mixed freight, and, of course, mail. Believed to have been
owned by Havre-Union-Whitlock Line. Captain
Rockett had quite a history but that is another tale.
Condition: Very Fine with usual file folds.
Contents: Extensive letter in French from John (Jean) Magnin of
the new New York office of legendary Swiss Watch makers Vacheron &
Constantin of Geneva. More than just a usual business accounts letter,
this is personal and refers to the Asiatic Cholera Epidemic that was
raging in New York in the summer of 1832. A unique insight into Vacheron
& Constantin's first attempt to penetrate the North American Market
Reverse of Cover
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