Your basket

0 items
£0.00
View basket
Dealers in Fine Postage Stamps and Postal History - Valuations for Probate and Insurance
< Back to results

1852  AUG 2 COOK ISLANDS ENTIRE FROM "MANGAIA , SOUTH PACIFIC" written by the Missionary George Gill to his brother in England.  Privately carried across the Pacific to the West Coast of USA in a closed bag, handstamped on arrival at Liverpool with 'ART-5/B.R PKT., Robs M6 and...

1852  AUG 2 COOK ISLANDS ENTIRE FROM "MANGAIA , SOUTH PACIFIC" written by the Missionary George Gill to his brother in England.  Privately carried across the Pacific to the West Coast of USA in a closed bag, handstamped on arrival at Liverpool with 'ART-5/B.R PKT., Robs M6 and...


...PKT.LETTER/LIVERPOOL/DE  23/1852', carried from New York by Cunard "Europa".  Gill reports arrival of the Barque "John Williams" in March with a letter from home.  The Revd Gill Butt has arrived and the writer expects soon to leave for RAROTONGA where a meeting will decide his future movements.  The Congregations have increased with "some of the most depraved and obdurate, the vilest of the vile now attending church.  Many young men left the islands in 1849 for allurements of employment and gain in California....".  AN INTERESTING EARLY LETTER FROM THE COOK ISLANDS - PROBABLY UNIQUE, SENT TO GB ACROSS THE USA UNDER ARTICLE 5 OF THE 1849 US/GB POSTAL CONVENTION.



Item reference: 4635

£1500