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Auction: 18039 - Fine Stamps and Covers of South East Asia, Including The Dr. Cheah Jin Seng Collections of Straits Settlements and Kedah, and The Iain Dyce collection of Straits Settlements
Lot: 1

Straits Settlements
Early Letters and Handstamps
1836 (18 Aug.) Officer's entire letter to London, headed "Fort Lismore" and showing, on reverse across join, framed "india letter/gravesend" and arrival datestamp (9.2), both in red.

Fort Lismore was situated in the State of Nanning which had been annexed to Malacca after two ineptly conducted campaigns. The Fort had been built to house the occupation troops, which by 1836 had been reduced to one officer and forty men, as the country was perfectly quiet. A full transcript and the story of the campaign was published in the "Postal History International" Vol. 2 No. 11, page 416 (a copy is included with the lot).

An important historical document in an excellent state of preservation. (CJS). Photo

Charles Taylor, May 1981
"Stolz", September 2010

SG$6,000 to SG$8,000